7/27 “Silly rumors” re: Samardzija

Players were razzing Jeff Samardzija on Saturday about being the latest Cubs pitcher to be highlighted in trade rumors, which manager Dale Sveum tried to squash. According to FOX Sports’ and MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs are listening to offers for Samardzija, 28, although the asking price would be high. The right-hander, who has a 3.94 ERA in 21 starts, has two arbitration years remaining.

“I don’t think that’s going to happen,” Sveum said about dealing Samardzija. “We have control of a guy for 2 1/2 more years. I think think somebody had to throw something out there and was bored and put some silly rumor out there,”

Samardzija didn’t have any inside information.

“We’re in the position where we do what we’re told and go where we’re supposed to go,” Samardzija said. “Obviously, we know when we pitch. I don’t have a no-trade clause or anything like that but I know I’m stil protected and under control for a couple more years. It’s out of my hands, out of my control.”

When Samardzija was drafted in 2006, he signed a five-year, $10 million deal. He had a no-trade clause in that deal and didn’t realize it’s value at first.

“When I had it, and I got to the big leagues and got a feel of what was going on and got a feel for the business side of things, it was an excellent thing to have,” he said. “It allowed me to get situated in the big leagues, know I wasn’t going anywhere, and it put us and the front office on the same page. I knew personally that I was going to be there, no matter what, and I was going to make it work. It also shows your commitment to the team and the city and that you want to be here through and through and that you’re committed to this team.”

His original contract included club option years for 2012 and ’13, and the Cubs declined his option for 2012, and renewed his contract that year at $2.64 million. This year was his first arbitration year, and he avoided arbitration and signed a one-year, $2.64 million deal.

It’s not about the money, he said.

“I don’t put any importance on money anyways,” he said. “Your numbers in baseball speak for themselves. That’s what makes your money, that’s what does everything. … However you perform is how you get paid.

“Money isn’t driving what I do,” he said. “Competition and competing is driving what I do and winning is driving what I do. That’s what it’s all about.”

– Carrie Muskat

13 Comments

Oh! Oh! When athletes say it`s not about the money, it`s about the money. Is a truism. Doubt that Smardj is an exception.

“Not about the money”…okay Shark….then you wouldn’t mind getting paid the min. salary and let Theo use the rest of the your salary the rest of the money to sign international players….right!…..

What are they teaching at Notre Dame these days?

Two ball players we know who lied this past week …Braun and Shark.

Quick, someone start a drug test on Shark.

Dale said it is a “silly rumor”……..same guy who said Garza was going to start last Monday night game for the Cubs.

Samardzija will be pitching for Braves, Texas or Arizona by next week.

Which of those teams has the most promising prospects to include in such a deal, in your opinion?

Better yet which one of those needs a 2nd baseman along with Samardizja in exchange for catcher or two?

Dodgers need second baseman.

If Theo can get Texas prospect catcher, and two top pitchers for Samrdzija, that might be better than what Az. has….Braves GM would not give in to Theo.

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Sveum says whatever escapes his lips as if we are cattle to the slaughter. It’s so evident he is feeding us a line of BS on a regular basis whether regarding “how good” Soriano is (was! ha!), how “valuable” Barney is (was… ), how much a “leader and veteran presence” Dejesus is (he could be traded in a heart beat and the team would go on PROGRESSING) and now how “untradeable” The Shark is. If we didn’t hear from Sveum again the rest of the season and just watched Theo and Jed do their thing we’d all be better off. Gag order please, it’s getting embarrassing. Like him sitting Soriano because SVEUM WANTED to give him a day off…yeah, right….HELLO YANKEES!! C’mon, Sveum has to know what he sounds like…right?? SOMEBODY SHOULD TELL HIM if not.

Yep it was obvious Sveum was right after Soriano. lol Got to be hatin in here. Joey will be talking bad about Sveum every paragraph he writes.
Its ok, he cant help it, who will it be after Sveum? LMAO

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Shark isn’t going anywhere,….. seriously

Whoa there Pingback. Take a “chill pill.”

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