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Rosenthal: Cubs listening to offers for Jeff Samardzija

Jul 27, 2013, 4:50 PM EDT

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It’s was assumed the Cubs already moved their biggest chip when they sent Matt Garza to Texas, but work came down from FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal on Saturday that they’re listening to offers for Jeff Samardzija.

Samardzija and the Cubs discussed a contract extension over the winter without getting very far. He’s making $2.64 million this year in his first season of arbitration eligibility. He won’t be eligible for free agency until after the 2015 season.

For that reason, the Cubs still see him as a building block rather than bait, but they could be persuaded to change their mind if the right offer comes along. It’d have to be a big one; the 28-year-old Samardzija is a modest 6-9 with a 3.94 ERA this year, but he’s struck out 139 in 137 innings and he gets a ton of grounders, too.

The Cubs would surely want two top prospects and one or two more lesser guys from the Braves, Diamondbacks, Red Sox or anyone else who comes asking. It’d be a high price to pay, but that Samardzija is probably a better long-term bet than any free agent starter available this winter could make him worth it.

  1. thebadguyswon - Jul 27, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    man….good move on the Cubs’ part, IMO. Smardjzija is overrated, but someone will give up a lot for his swing-and-miss arsenal.

    • loubearkane - Jul 27, 2013 at 5:05 PM

      Absolutely , he is already 28.

      • dondada10 - Jul 27, 2013 at 5:47 PM

        Put a competent defense behind him (I’m looking at you, Starlin) and watch that ERA plummet.

        But the Cubs have zero reason to deal him. They may be competitive in 2015.

  2. fnc111 - Jul 27, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Dbacks!!!!!!!!!

    • bronco58lb - Jul 27, 2013 at 5:15 PM

      No, Cubs fans, Archie Bradley is not available.

  3. biasedhomer - Jul 27, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    He is going to bring in more than he should. He is a strikeout machine, but he doesn’t go deep into games as much as you would want (in his past 10 starts he has gone 7 innings or more just 4 times) and gives up a good amount of hits. He’s a middle of the rotation pitcher

  4. spyder9669 - Jul 27, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    I hate to say it but the Giants should maybe move Pence at this point. They need starters in the worst way.

  5. Chace - Jul 27, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    If they can get a good haul for him I say go for it. He’s 28 and in a best case scenario if the Cubs are competitive in 2015 he’ll be 30. Granted, pitchers tend to be good into mid 30′s, but with a guy who throws as hard as he does you never know if he’ll stay healthy that long or be effective.

  6. tfbuckfutter - Jul 27, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    I don’t know. I have to assume the guy has to negatively affect team chemistry.

    I mean, someone who walks around with that facial hair CLEARLY has no real friends.

  7. boyofzimmer - Jul 27, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    This is only his 2nd year of starting… Not a lot of miles on that arm. On the other hand, he sure does have a lot of opinions about the club. Therefore, if they were able to get a great haul for him I’d be all for trading him!

  8. riverace19 - Jul 27, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Mixed feelings… Team control for 2 more years but he is 28 and prone to the blowup inning… Fun to watch pitch though he pounds the zone with good velocity. Every player has a price… Theo is trolling hoping to catch the 50 lb king salmon

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