2/7 Cubs and Samardzija
An arbitration hearing is scheduled for Monday in Florida if the Cubs and Jeff Samardzija cannot reach a contract settlement. The Cubs offered Samardzija $4.4 million, and he filed for $6.2 million. The Cubs’ Opening Day starter last season, the right-hander finished 8-13 with a 4.34 ERA and reached 200 innings and 200 strikeouts for the first time in his career.
“Obviously, I’m hopeful,” Samardzija said during the Cubs Convention in January about the possibility of a long-term deal. “I think I’ve said that from day one. Ever since I signed my first contract here with the Cubs, I’ve wanted to be here and a big reason for not playing football was to come here and play in Chicago. It obviously means a lot for me to be here.”
Theo Epstein has never gone to arbitration with a player. He was in Arizona this week to get settled in the Cubs’ new Spring Training facility in Mesa.
The last time the Cubs had a hearing regarding a player was in 2010 when Ryan Theriot “lost” as the arbitrator ruled in favor of the team’s $2.6 million offer over the $3.4 million bid submitted by the infielder.
— Carrie Muskat