There is a strong likelihood the Chicago Cubs trade SP Jeff Samardzija before Opening Day, according to two sources.
Although the Cubs are listening to offers for their ace, the price would have to be right in order to move him before Opening Day. The club would have more leverage if they waited until the trade deadline in July, so that is more likely to happen than a trade before Opening Day. No matter where he pitches in 2014, Samardzija has the high-strikeout ability to make him an above average fantasy pitcher this season. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
DeAndre Jordan has four meetings setup as free agency gets ready to start. Clippers have slight edge.
Jordan along with Aldridge is one of the biggest names on the free agent market and is drawing attention like it. Lakers, Knicks, Mavericks, Clippers are the four teams that he will be meeting with and the Clippers, his current team, are believed to hold a slight edge over the others. Obviously, it would be a coup for the Lakers to steal the big man from their in city rival who share the arena with them. The Knicks are in serious need of an offensive big man given their lack of one for the last several seasons. Jordan's signing may trigger several dominos to fall quickly after. Analysis: Matt Selz
Marc Gasol only has one free agent meeting setup and it's with Memphis.
It looks like the big man will be staying put in Memphis considering that the only meeting he has setup is with his current team. Gasol and Zach Randolph have created a great front court for the Grizzlies that have gotten them into the playoffs the last couple of years. It is possible that once the bigger name front court players are off the market, that Gasol could then gain more interest, if he hasn't already signed. Analysis: Matt Selz