10/31 Samardzija, GM & more
The Cubs have declined to pick up the $3 million option on Jeff Samardzija’s contract but the pitcher remains under club control. Samardzija has 2 years 28 days of Major League service time, and is not arbitration eligible. He will be renewed next year. Samardzija, a fifth-round pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, was 8-4 with a 2.97 ERA in a career high 75 games this season, pitching solely in relief.
* The Cubs also announced new general manager Jed Hoyer and scouting and player development director Jason McLeod will be introduced at a news conference on Tuesday at Wrigley Field. The Cubs and Padres announced last week that Hoyer and McLeod were leaving San Diego to be reunited with Theo Epstein in the Cubs front office. The three were together in Boston.
The Cubs and Red Sox have one more day to determine compensation for Epstein before Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig gets involved. Epstein resigned from the Red Sox to become president of baseball operations in Chicago. Selig gave the two teams a Nov. 1 deadline, saying he would step in if not resolved by then.
* Epstein has met with Cubs manager Mike Quade to discuss next season. Quade, whose team finished fifth in the National League Central, does have a contract for 2012.
– Carrie Muskat