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The Cubs are talking to Jeff Samardzija about a long term deal

Jun 17, 2014, 8:23 AM EDT

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Most people figured it was a foregone conclusion that the Cubs would trade Jeff Samardzija to a contender this summer, but the Sun Times reports that they haven’t quite yet closed the door on keeping their ace around:

But even as the Cubs continue early trade talks with some teams about Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija, they also have quietly reached out to Samardzija with a new offer on a contract that would keep him in Chicago as long as Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo, according to multiple sources.

There have been talks in the past but they’ve never gone anywhere. It just seems like the Cubs and Samardzija are a bad match given his age and the team’s place on the success cycle (i.e. not there and likely won’t be for a couple more years). Maybe that calculus has changed for both sides, with the Cubs thinking they’ll be friskier faster than they used to think and Samardzija looking around, realizing that he’s one pitch away from Tommy John surgery, so why not cash in now while the cashing is good.

Or maybe it’s just a way to make other teams think the Cubs value Samardzija more than they do, thus upping the haul they can get for him in a trade.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    The one pitch away from Tommy John surgery comment is interesting. Is there some problem with his pitching motion?

    • Alex K - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:49 AM

      All pitchers are one pitch away from TJ.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:25 AM

        Are you including Mark Buehrle with his 83 MPH heater?

      • Alex K - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:38 AM

        Yep. Dickey and his lack of a UCL is probably the only pitcher who isn’t.

  2. learysdisciples - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Trade this guy, total douchebag mullet

    • dexterismyhero - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:47 AM

      and you are probably wearing capri pants right?

      total douchebag yourself

    • jeffbbf - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:04 AM

      I don’t think he’s a douche, but he certainly has overvalued himself. History is littered with pitchers who performed well in the “cold” months only to collapse over the remainder of the season. See Jeff’s numbers from last year – month to month. And note that his era over his last 4 starts is 6.65. The Cubs should trade him now because his value will never be higher.

    • masher1965 - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:38 AM

      Right, his HAIRSTYLE is the reason to trade him. Look in the mirror , douchebag

  3. renaado - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    If Jeff agrees with this… may Heavens bless him.

  4. chill1184 - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    The pitcher market is going to be interesting at the deadline

  5. fleaman1381 - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    He should go somewhere else. But most likely will stay put for a lot of money.

    And that picture is creepy.

  6. lukedunphysscienceproject - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    No, they’re not.

    They’re talking to the press about talking to Samardzija in attempt to drive up his trade value. This is so transparent and obvious that I would have disappointed if you hadn’t at least addressed the possibility in the last paragraph.

    But you did, so we cool.

  7. tbird05 - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    I feel a “fear the stache” campaign soon…only it won’t be limited to his baseball opponents.

  8. nbjays - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    That picture says “I’m going to take a huge bite out of this baseball, and then I’m going to throw the rest of it at you and knock you on your ass.”

    • Old Gator - Jun 17, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      Ignore this poster. Ex-military.

  9. The Cub Den - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    It would be foolish for the Cubs to deal Samardzija. They’re ready to turn a corner and need that quality veteran to cement the team. With the prospects due up next season, it’s exciting times in Chicago.

    • nydemocrats - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:28 AM

      The Cubs are ready to turn a corner?????????????? Yeah, going the wrong way on a One-Way street full of goats.

      • The Cub Den - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:32 AM

        I’m an eternal optimist or maybe nuts, but I think they’re slowly progressing this season and if everyone comes up next season, then who knows? They’re only a long seven games back of the Wild Card. :)

      • Old Gator - Jun 17, 2014 at 1:45 PM

        More like you’re just messin’ with Sasquatch. If a Cub were featured in one of those “feed your wild side” television commercials, a goat would stick its head out from between his uniform buttons and he’d have to feed it the tin can he was flicking his cigarette into if he wanted it to go back in.

  10. uwsptke - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    He seems to be channeling his inner Kenny Powers in that photo.

    “Can I wear the ‘Scream’ mask? The mask from ‘Scream’…when I do you from behind?”

  11. kastout11 - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Although, they are pretty dreadful now, I think in the next 2-3 years, with the depth in their system, they will be a tough team to beat. They will need an ace.

  12. bobwsc - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    he looks like the fruit smashing comedian Gallagher with those locks and narrow ‘stache.

  13. tmohr - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya…”

  14. paperlions - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    He has repeatedly said that he is going to the highest bidder….under the guise of high contracts help to raise the value of other players…..which of course, if not true. Owners are going to spend X on players. The more of X your contract occupies, the less of it that is available for your fellow players. Teams don’t spend more money because of other contracts….that is just not how the FA marketplace works.

    In any case, it seems highly unlikely, based on his public stance, that he is even willing to discuss a contract before hitting FA.

  15. paulwt3 - Jun 17, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    This needs to just be a rumor meant to give them some leverage in trade talks. If it’s true, God help them.

  16. blasthoff - Jun 17, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    It’s about time and I’m glad to hear it! I’m a natural skeptic as it concerns big contracts, BUT, in the case of Samardzija the Cubs would be nuts not to go for it. Jeff is home grown, he’s already one of the best in the league and is just approaching his prime. I would also add he is a horse and few if any pitchers coming up look to be as durable as Samardzija appears to be.

    Now, on to the truly deciding factor, what can or will the Cubs do to fill the void? Look for another E Jackson deal? Do you really want to see another like that? Really? It’s high time this team begins to define itself. Use it or lose it.

  17. newgod99 - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    What a concept, keeping good players!

    • baberuthslegs - Jun 18, 2014 at 7:59 AM

      The Cubs have good players?

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