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Jeff Samardzija on extension talks with Cubs: emotional attachment “only goes so far”

Feb 14, 2014, 10:10 PM EDT

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The Cubs and starter Jeff Samardzija recently agreed to a salary of $5.345 million for the 2014 season to avoid arbitration. It offered nothing in the way of progress between the two sides, who have been discussing a multi-year contract extension. The Cubs reportedly offered the right-hander $55 million over five years back in December, but it never amounted to anything.

Via Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, Samardzija says he has an emotional attachment to the Cubs. He added, “but that attachment only goes so far.” Also from Morosi, Samardzija also expressed disappointment that the Cubs have traded players who know the game, citing Scott Feldman as one example.

Samardzija will be eligible for arbitration for the third and final time next off-season, and will become a free agent after the 2015 season. Thus, the Cubs may end up having to trade Samardzija if they can’t get him signed to an extension. The Cubs were shopping him according to reports during the Winter Meetings.

  1. theaxmancometh - Feb 14, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Why is there so much drama over a guy with completely mediocre stats?

    • jeffbbf - Feb 14, 2014 at 11:40 PM

      Agreed!!!! Who CARES! He not a young pitcher/prospect, and has done nothing eye-catching in his 6 years with the Cubs. 2016 will be his age 32 season. The thing is, he’s on the Cubs, and the Cubs pitching stinks. As a result, he’s the de-facto ace of the staff, and it’s made his head grow. He’ll be traded this year and the Cubs will find someone better to spend their money on in 2 years.

      • gibbyfan - Feb 15, 2014 at 10:50 AM

        Yet he has the hubris to imply that 10+ million/year is taxing his emotional attachment to the cubs

  2. yourcubreporter - Feb 14, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    He’s got potential, but he hasn’t shown consistency. Wish he wasn’t interested in fanning the flames, though. If you want out, Jeff, keep going the way you’re going… Just do is a favor and pitch well until July!

    @yourcubreporter

  3. meatcarroll - Feb 15, 2014 at 6:09 AM

    Dontrelle Willis 2: Electric Boogaloo

    Shoulda chose football, Jeff.

  4. chew1985 - Feb 15, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    He still got $5 million more than he’s worth. It’s good to be a Cub player. Not so much for their fans.

  5. sportsfan18 - Feb 15, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    This guy is around a #3 to a #4 pitcher on a staff. There are only so many #1 pitchers out there and no team has five of them so starting pitchers are needed at the back of the 5 man rotation.

    That is where this guy belongs. He shouldn’t be paid like a #2 starter.

    Also, he isn’t a spring chicken anymore so they shouldn’t pay him based on expected improvement and development.

    There’s nothing wrong with having this guy as your #4 starter… at the right price of course.

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