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Report: Cubs offering Jeff Samardzija around five years and $55 million

Dec 6, 2013, 7:57 AM EST

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It was reported Wednesday that the Cubs intend to listen to offers on right-hander Jeff Samardzija during next week’s Winter Meetings in Orlando, but they haven’t given up all hope in retaining him for the long-term.

Bruce Levine of 670 The Score in Chicago was told by a source that the Cubs have offered Samardzija a deal in the area of five years and $55 million. Meanwhile, another source said that the number is actually higher. While Cubs general manager Theo Epstein maintains that “nothing has changed” in regard to contract talks, Levine hears that the two sides “continue to have an open amicable line of communication.”

Samardzija compiled a 4.34 ERA in 33 starts this past season, but his peripherals remained quite strong. He has averaged 9.13 K/9 over the past two seasons, which is fifth-highest among pitchers with at least 300 innings pitched during the same timespan. Only Chris Sale, Stephen Strasburg, Max Scherzer, and Yu Darvish are higher. Samardzija turns 29 in January and is under team control for two more seasons.

  1. pastabelly - Dec 6, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    Samardzia will probably be insulted by that offer. Some pretty mediocre pitchers are getting deals with an AAV of $13 million and an offer of $11 AAV over five years just doesn’t seem right. I’m not sure if the luster is off of Samardzia, but it’s certainly off Epstein.

    • bravojawja - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      Except those mediocre pitchers were free agents. Samardzjia is under team control for another two years through arbitration. I imagine he’s in line for a nice raise (he made $2.64 million in 2013), but he won’t be getting $13 million or even $11 million anytime soon without a new contract.

  2. irishfan82 - Dec 6, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    The Twins need to go after the Shark!

  3. tfilarski - Dec 6, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    some other team please trade for him!

  4. basedrum777 - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Somewhere Brain cashman just had an orgasm…

  5. bluesoxbaseball - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Theo Epstein is not the Cubs GM.

  6. markofapro - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    I don’t get it. This guy IS mediocre. Are the Hugges’, Nelasco’s, and Samardzija’s now supposed to be better once they sign big contracts? $11 a year for a guy who has a 4.39 ERA.

  7. bpearse230 - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    I guess that career choice to give up football worked out pretty well.

  8. kastout11 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    I think you need to try and lock him up. He can be your #1 or #2 starter for the next decade. Big kid with a strong arm. I don’t see the Cubs doing a whole lot over the past few years. I think they are trying to cut payroll and build up the farm system, then I will expect them to make their move. They have a nice nucleus, but badly need pitching. I don’t think he is worth $12M a year, but right now all the salaries are out of line in baseball. I think $12M a year is probably the going rate for a pitcher of his caliber.

  9. hwkeycubronco - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Jeff is a version of Carlos Zambrano….great arm but lacks the mental toughness to make the big pitch when needed. Cubs need more offense than they need pitching…pitching has been at average or above the last couple years.

  10. yourcubreporter - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Oh dear God.

    There is only one Carlos Zambrano. And for most Cubs fans, there needs to be one and only one Carlos Zambrano. Samardzija is a good pitcher for the money and delivers innings and strikeouts. And he contributes with the bat, mostly because our offense requires it…

    Keep him on the roster, and let’s kick this thing into gear. Time to find out if we can stop ta lking about rebuilding.

  11. eddiek77 - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    If the Cubs can figure out a way to pitch Samardzija every other day against the Pirates next season, he may win 20.

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