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The Cubs are going to hold on to Jeff Samardzija for now

Jul 31, 2013, 9:42 AM EDT

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The Cubs were rumored to be shopping Jeff Samardzija, but Jon Heyman reports that they’ve given up on that and will now try to lock him up this offseason or trade him then. It was worth looking around to see if the team could get some useful prospects for him, but that’s not really developing at the moment.

Samardzija is 6-9 with a 3.75 ERA and 146 Ks to 54 walks in 144 innings.  He is 28, though, so the Cubs may have doubts that he’ll still be a good rotation piece by the time the team is ready to contend.

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