12/11 Samardzija update

Theo Epstein met Wednesday with Jeff Samardzija’s agent at the Winter Meetings, and said as of now, the pitcher is the team’s Opening Day starter. Samardzija also doesn’t appear to be any closer to agreeing to a long-term contract. Samardzija will be a free agent after the 2015 season. His name has been mentioned in trade rumors but interested teams have not been able to meet the Cubs’ demands. Samardzija is coming off his first 200-inning, 200-strikeout season.

“Every time we meet with [agent Mark Rodgers], I feel great about the relationship and the relationship with Jeff, too,” Epstein said. “Talks are amicable, open. We’re transparent about the situation and our interests, and he’s transparent about Jeff’s desires and interests.

“We continue to try to move the ball forward as much as we can on one of two or three possible outcomes,” Epstein said. “There hasn’t been any fundamental change in the situation. Communication is good and we continue to view Jeff as a really big part of what we’re doing even as we admit there are several possible outcomes.”

And that’s that as far as Epstein is concerned. He won’t be giving daily briefings on Samardzija’s status.

“At some point, I don’t think Jeff deserves to read about this every day,” Epstein said. “It’s a tough thing to read about someone speculating on where you’re going to work. We’ll put it to bed. The sitaution now is Jeff’s our Opening Day starter and that’s how we’re moving forward.”

Epstein said he and GM Jed Hoyer will stop answering questions about Samardzija’s status.

“I don’t want Jeff to have to read the paper every day that there’s speculation that he might be traded or not,” Epstein said. “We’re asked about all of our good players all the time and it’s no surprise we’re asked about Jeff Samardzija. There’s no trade imminent, and we’ll see what happens. We hope he’s here for a long time.”

— Carrie Muskat

1 Comment

Jan 9 2014, Read an article a couple days ago on another site with an interview with Samardizja. He answered some questions, but insists he wants to stay a Cub. He went on to say that if traded to another club, he would most likely not sign an extension.
I am trying to figure out, what exactly does Samardizja want? He states he want to be in Chicago when the Cubs when it all. He also remembers 2008 & 2009 and how exciting it was. Yet, he has twice been offered an extension, yet will not sign.
So far, at best, Samardizja is a #2 or #3 starter, Yes, prices for those slots in the rotation have risen. Is he taking the chance he may have a super year and make his Great Great Grandchildren rich? Taking a risk that he will not have an arm injury? Flip a coin Samardizja, maybe only make your Great Grandchildren rich! How much can you spend? If you want to stay a Cub, the offer is there.
How did his statement in paragraph 1 hurt the Cubs? By stating he would most likely not sign an extension with another club, he basically said, if you trade for me, I am not going to sign with you, so you have me for two years. Then I become a FA.
He knows, his Agent knows and Cubs Management knows that statement decreased his value. Making it even harder to get equal value or better in a return.
I don’t know if I should like this guy, hope he signs an extension, hope he gets traded or what? I do know he was not fair making those comments, especially after the Cubs Organization has made him and his children rich.

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