The Cubs are looking to add more than one starting pitcher — which may become necessary if workhorse Jeff Samardzija is traded.

"We could well sign more than one starter," general manager Jed Hoyer said Tuesday, shortly before Rakuten Golden Eagles President Yozo Tachibana told reporters he was undecided on whether to post pitcher Masahiro Tanaka and expressed disappointment Major League Baseball has proposed a maximum posting fee of $20 million for the right to negotiate with Japanese free agents.

While the Tanaka situation continues to drag out, one potential destination for Samardzija could have disappeared after the Diamondbacks traded pitching prospect Tyler Skaggs to the Angels in a three-team trade also involving the White Sox.

The Cubs met with the agent for Scott Baker, who didn't pitch until September because of a lengthy recovery from reconstructive right elbow surgery that was performed before the Cubs signed him to a one-year deal last winter.

The Cubs' projected 2014 rotation currently is left-hander Travis Wood, mercurial Edwin Jackson, Jake Arrieta and perhaps Chris Rusin, Carlos Villanueva and Samardzija — who could address the Cubs' need for power pitching prospects if he's traded.

One American League scout insisted the Blue Jays, with plenty of young pitching depth, remain a strong possibility for Samardzija.

The Cubs could revisit talks with the Diamondbacks to see if there are any potential matches, but the trades of Skaggs and center fielder Adam Eaton (to the Sox) eliminate two needs for the Cubs.

New manager Rick Renteria said Samardzija is excited about his prospects to stay with the Cubs, based on a recent conversation.