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
Weston Richburg (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 12.
Richburg is one of the Giants' best offensive lineman, and plays a pivotal position at center. The second year player left Week 10 with an ankle injury, and the bye week was not long enough for him to recover. Richburg is questionable for Week 13. Dallas Reynolds will start at center on Sunday against the Redskins. Analysis: Ben Diamond
Rams have waived TE Justice Cunningham.
Zach Hocker signed with the Rams as insurance for the injured Greg Zuerlein, who is questionable for Sunday with a groin injury. Cunningham does not have a reception this season. He could join the Rams' practice squad if he goes unclaimed through waivers. Analysis: Ben Diamond