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Cubs’ preference is to lock up Jeff Samardzija

Dec 1, 2013, 4:21 PM EDT

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From Nick Cafardo’s Sunday notes column in the Boston Globe:

Jeff Samardzija, RHP, Cubs — Trade talks have been going on and when push comes to shove, he might get traded. But the Cubs’ No. 1 preference would be to re-sign Samardzija and lock him in beyond 2015 and build their future around him, according to a major league source. The Cubs will continue to work on both fronts until the culmination of a long-term extension has been reached or if the extension is improbable.

The Blue Jays have been linked recently to Samardzija and many other teams have undoubtedly checked in. The 28-year-old had a disappointing 4.34 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in 33 starts this summer for the Cubs, but he struck out 214 batters in 213 2/3 innings. Everybody loves a power pitcher.

Samardzija is arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter. He made $2.64 million in 2013.

  1. thebadguyswon - Dec 1, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Bull. Just trying to increase his value in a trade.

  2. vols84 - Dec 1, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    What crime did he commit that they want to lock him up for?

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 1, 2013 at 5:18 PM

      The crime was not being good enough to tempt anyone to trade for him.

  3. sickcub - Dec 1, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Overrated….

  4. xjokerz - Dec 1, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    4.35ERA / 1.35 WHIP ..? in the NL?

    lol….

  5. jre80 - Dec 1, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Go ahead retards. Sign him for about 15 mil per for 4-5 yrs. #4 at best on a competitive team.

  6. vettech23 - Dec 2, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    No way. Why would you “build around” a # 3 (at best!) starting pitcher. The FO is just trying to sweeten the prospect pot in the inevitable trade.

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