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Jeff Samardzija

  1. Jeff Samardzija says he wants a big-money contract to help future players

    Apr 18, 2014, 11:20 PM EDT

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    Jeff Samardzija unselfishly wants to get paid. It’s not as crazy as it sounds.

  2. The Cubs finally scored a run for Jeff Samardzija

    Apr 11, 2014, 11:10 PM EDT

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    The Cubs finally ended their embarrassing stretch of zeroes behind Jeff Samardzija.

  3. Theo Epstein is sick of talking about Jeff Samardzija

    Apr 1, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jeff Samardzija

    Whether it’s about a potential long-term contract extension or a possible trade if a contract can’t be worked out, the offseason in Chicago has been filled with Jeff Samardzija talk.

  4. Expanded Instant Replay used for the first time in a regular season game

    Mar 31, 2014, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Actually, it’s been used two times this afternoon, with one call upheld, one call overturned.

  5. 2014 Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks

    Mar 17, 2014, 6:02 PM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Arizona Diamondbacks. The Big Question: Can the Diamondbacks withstand the injury to Patrick Corbin and get over the .500…

  6. 2014 Preview: Chicago Cubs

    Mar 11, 2014, 12:03 AM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Chicago Cubs. The Big Question: Is the wait almost over? It has been 105 long years since the north…

  7. 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,…

  8. Jake Arrieta expected to miss start of season after bout with shoulder soreness

    Feb 13, 2014, 8:41 PM EDT

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    Jake Arrieta was expected to compete for a rotation spot with the Cubs this spring, but it sounds like he’ll have to wait to get his opportunity. According to Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com, Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said today that Arrieta felt shoulder tightness over the winter and is not expected to be ready…

  9. Jeff Samardzija and the Cubs settle, avoid arbitration

    Feb 8, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

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    Per ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, starter Jeff Samardzija and the Cubs have agreed on a $5.345 million salary for 2014, avoiding arbitration. Samardzija had filed for $6.2 million while the Cubs filed for $4.4 million. Their agreed-upon salary is ever so slightly above the $5.30 million midpoint between the figures submitted by the two sides. Samardzija’s…

  10. 40 players exchange figures with their clubs following today’s deadline

    Jan 17, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    There was a flurry of arbitration-related news today as players and teams scurried to reach agreements prior to the noon central deadline earlier. 39 players did not reach an agreement with their respective teams, and as such, they have exchanged salary figures with their clubs. Of note, Braves closer Craig Kimbrel filed for $9 million,…

  11. Cubs and Jeff Samardzija still far apart on a contract extension

    Jan 12, 2014, 8:30 PM EDT

    Jeff Samardzija

    Last month, the Cubs reportedly offered starter Jeff Samardzija a five-year contract extension worth $55 million. Nothing has surfaced since then, but CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney reports that the two sides are still far apart on the terms of an extension. Samardzija’s name has popped up in trade rumors, but Mooney says that the Cubs…

  12. Diamondbacks “talking about” Indians’ Justin Masterson

    Dec 10, 2013, 6:43 PM EDT

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    Now that the Diamondbacks have found their coveted power bat in Mark Trumbo, the club’s offseason focus has shifted to starting pitching. David Price of the Rays, Chris Sale of the White Sox and Jeff Samardzija of the Cubs are some of the names that have been frequently suggested, but ESPN’s Buster Olney says the…

  13. 2013 Winter Meetings Preview

    Dec 8, 2013, 9:58 AM EDT

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    LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL — Greetings from the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort, deep in the dark recesses of the happiest place on Earth. I have been down here with my children since last Tuesday, doing battle with a mouse. The mouse is a worthy adversary. Much respect for him and his hyper-efficiency at separating…

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

    Dec 6, 2013, 7:57 AM EDT

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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…

  15. Cubs are planning to shop starter Jeff Samardzija at next week’s MLB Winter Meetings

    Dec 4, 2013, 6:23 PM EDT

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    There was a report Sunday stating that the Cubs’ preference with Jeff Samardzija is to work out a long-term contract extension. But it appears that those negotiations have lost all momentum. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick is hearing that the Chicago front office plans to “do some serious listening” on the 28-year-old right-hander at next week’s Winter…

  16. 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…

  17. Blue Jays GM denies Jeff Samardzija trade rumors (sort of)

    Nov 25, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jeff Samardzija

    Offseason trade rumors have linked Jeff Samardzija to various teams and over the weekend Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reported that “Toronto is putting together a package of young players” in an attempt to get the right-hander from the Cubs. However, when asked about the Samardzija rumors on MLB Network radio Blue Jays general manager…

  18. Blue Jays “putting together package of young players” for Cubs starter Jeff Samardzjia

    Nov 24, 2013, 11:47 AM EDT

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    Some potentially interesting Sunday morning hot stove tweets … Teams have inquired about StarterJeff Samardzija. Source: Toronto putting together package of young players. — Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) November 23, 2013 Alex Anthopolous won’t comment on specifics but they are exploring starters with teams…we have NOT made an offer to anybody regarding a SP — JIM…

  19. 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…

  20. Diamondbacks discussing Jeff Samardzija deal with Cubs

    Nov 4, 2013, 7:50 PM EDT

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    Buster Olney of ESPN.com has a juicy rumor, reporting that the Diamondbacks and Cubs are talking about a potential Jeff Samardzija trade after previously engaging in some talks around the trade deadline. Samardzija is 29 years old and under team control for 2014 and 2015, but he’s about to get expensive via arbitration and failed…

  21. With a triple into the Wrigley Field ivy, Chase Utley turned one ball into two

    Aug 30, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    Chase Utley

    Here’s something you don’t see every day. The Phillies trailed the Cubs 5-1 in the top of the sixth inning, but were threatening with runners on first and second and Chase Utley at the dish against starter Jeff Samardzija. Utley laced a line drive into right-center, scoring both runners on a triple. That wasn’t the…

  22. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Aug 3, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT

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    There’s no stopping the red-hot Dodgers. They defeated the Cubs by the score of 6-2 at Wrigley Field yesterday afternoon to move 10 games over .500 for the first time this season. Hyun-Jin Ryu matched a season-high by giving up 11 hits, but managed to escape with just two runs scoring over 5 2/3 innings.…

  23. The Cubs are going to hold on to Jeff Samardzija for now

    Jul 31, 2013, 9:42 AM EDT

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    The Cubs were rumored to be shopping Jeff Samardzija, but Jon Heyman reports that they’ve given up on that and will now try to lock him up this offseason or trade him then. It was worth looking around to see if the team could get some useful prospects for him, but that’s not really developing at the…

  24. Jackie Bradley Jr. gets pulled from game, appears to be false alarm

    Jul 30, 2013, 9:28 PM EDT

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    There’s nothing quite like twitter before the trade deadline: Jackie Bradley Jr lifted for a pinch hitter in 6th in Pawtucket. Nothing apparently wrong with him. Trade in works? — Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) July 31, 2013 If there is a trade going down involving Bradley, it’s not for Peavy, source says — Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes)…

  25. Angels bid for Diamondbacks’ Ian Kennedy

    Jul 30, 2013, 6:06 PM EDT

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    The Angels aren’t buyers and the Diamondbacks aren’t sellers, but it seems they might be able to help each other out by doing an Ian Kennedy deal. Both CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman and FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal have mentioned the possibility. The Padres are also in the running, says MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert. With Brandon McCarthy (shoulder)…

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