3/16 Samardzija: “We’re on the same page”

Jeff Samardzija says he hasn’t talked to the Cubs about a new deal, and was surprised by a report that he and the Cubs were “far apart” in terms of a contract.

“Everything’s been the same from what I understand,” Samardzija said Saturday after throwing five shutout innings against the Rangers. “I haven’t heard anything since camp started and even before that, before the [Cubs] Convention [in January].”

Samardzija’s agent was in Arizona to watch the right-hander pitch in a “B” game March 6.

“We were under the assumption that in the offseason, we’d talk, nothing serious, we were just going to discuss things, but once Spring Training got going, they had things they needed to do and I needed to get ready for the year,” Samardzija said. “There really hasn’t been any talks.”

Samardzija signed for $2.64 million, and will be a free agent after the 2015 season. There was a report that the Cubs offered Samardzija more than the $30 million, five-year deal the Rangers gave Derek Holland last spring. Holland, 26, is entering his fifth season as a starting pitcher. This will be Samardzija’s second. Last season, he was 9-13 with a 3.81 ERA (including a 2.58 ERA in 11 starts after the All-Star break).

– Carrie Muskat

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