Samardzija is the likelier choice because Cueto’s contract is almost impossible to move.
The Shark has one year left at $19.8 million, which is really high, but maybe the Padres shed a bad contract in return or get the Giants to eat some money and throw in a decent prospect.
The 34-year-old righty was actually really good in 2019 with a 3.52 ERA in 181.1 innings and a WHIP of 1.11.
It was actually his best season ERA-wise since his only All-Star season back in 2014.
The K/9 has dropped dramatically going from 8.9 in 2017 all the way down to 6.9 in 2019.
Still, he could be a very nice middle of the rotation arm for San Diego.
Pillar is under arbitration control for one more season, is a Gold Glove defender in center, and has hit at least 15 home runs in each of the past three seasons.