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The Cubs have talked to Jeff Samardzija about an extension

Nov 15, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

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David Kaplan is reporting that the Cubs have approached starter Jeff Samardzija to get the ball rolling on a contract extension. The right-hander, who turns 29 in January, can become a free agent after the 2015 season.

Samardzija wrapped up 2013 with a 4.34 ERA in a career-high 213.2 innings of work, his second year as a full-time starter.

The Cubs opened up the 2013 season with a payroll near $107 million and have over $49 committed already for the 2014 season. However, when Alfonso Soriano‘s salary comes off the books after the upcoming season, the Cubs will have plenty of room to fit in Samardzija’s new deal, should they reach a consensus.

  1. NYTolstoy - Nov 15, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Weren’t they trying to trade this guy a few weeks ago?

  2. tfbuckfutter - Nov 16, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    I hope they are talking to him about a mustache extension.

    I really think a fu manchu would fill out his face.

  3. proudlycanadian - Nov 16, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    A couple of Toronto sportswriters think that the Jays are interested in trading for him. Frankly, I do not think that it will happen. That ERA does not translate very well in the AL East.

    • Mark - Nov 16, 2013 at 8:37 AM

      Good thing it’s not the 1980’s and we don’t primarily evaluate pitchers by their ERA.

      • stex52 - Nov 16, 2013 at 2:31 PM

        Yeah, but the WHIP is not so hot either. This is a real case of perceptions for me. I thought Samardjiza was having a good year based on some perceptions of early performances.

        In reality, not so much. SO/9 and SO/BB look good. Not much else. And he was clearly worse in 2013 than 2012.

        I might go a couple of years. I think he needs to show more to get more than that.

  4. belleby123 - Nov 16, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    Good for the Cubbies! Samardzija is the kind of pitcher they need to fight their way to .500. The Theo Epstein experiment has to be the biggest scam in the history of professional sports. Two years and almost 200 losses later he decides to try and assemble a team might have less of a losing record. Chicago deserves better.

    • 18thstreet - Nov 16, 2013 at 9:44 AM

      He inherited a franchise with pretty much nothing. Very little major league talent and — as far as I can tell — little in the pipeline, either.

      If you’re going to judge the guy, look at the organization beyond the major-league level.

      • belleby123 - Nov 16, 2013 at 9:58 PM

        Yeah, and Soriano didn’t go to the Yankees and burn it up either. P.S. If he inherited nothing, why are we talking about a deal with Samardija? You know, after Castro has already got a deal I mean.

      • Captain Kirk - Nov 17, 2013 at 2:21 PM

        Ricketts going into 5th season as owner! The major league team sucks he is the worst owner in MLB.

  5. seanb20124 - Nov 16, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Wonder how long of an NFL career he would have had?

    Great decision to switch sports though

  6. indyspeedo - Nov 16, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    I really like this kid but let’s be honest here. With an ERA over 4 and no run support is this really going to be such a good deal. If so then Theo better start looking for some people who hit for average and drive in runs.

  7. NYTolstoy - Nov 16, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    yes Theo has failed after two years. Let’s not give him more time. Hey the Cubs were pretty good not more then 105 years ago! let’s cut him a break it will take more then two years to rebuild this franchise.

  8. tn16 - Nov 16, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Could this be a part if trying to get more from a trade having him locked up fir 5-6 years would look a lot better then 1-2 more years

  9. krenshaws - Nov 16, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    I hope the Rickets family opens up their payroll soon…. Since buying the team they have slashed player salaries by over 50%, I’ve been a life long Cubs fan and it’s getting hard to root for a big market team when they are spending like a small market team. With that being said I haven’t went to a Cubs game in 3 years and this year probably won’t break that streak.

  10. blasthoff - Nov 17, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    The Cubs should do what’s needed to keep Samardzija. You can “play the numbers” all you want. In looking to the future, my opinion is Samardzija has the most potential to be the most dominate pitcher on the club. He has the stuff and he’s as strong as an ox and not prone to injury. Smarj still has his best years in front of him and if he can put it together he has the kind of stuff to pitch no hit baseball.

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