Jul 19, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija (29) delivers a pitch against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Trade Rumors: Cubs listening to offers for pitcher Jeff Samardzija

Well, it looks as if the Chicago Cubs aren’t done yet, as FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal has confirmed that the Chicago Cubs are listening to offers for right handed pitcher Jeff Samardzija.

But the asking price, according to Rosenthal’s source is pretty high. Samardzija a 28 year old pitcher, who was a wide receiver at Notre Dame, had a choice between the NFL or MLB draft.

Weighing the options, he chose to become a baseball player instead and was picked up by the Chicago Cubs in the 5th round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft. Samardzija has an ERA of 3.87, 1.26 WHIP and 9.2 K/9 over his last 311 2/3 innings with the Cubs.

Right now he is 6-9 on the season, having 139 strike outs, recording 1 complete game and shut out. His best recent outing came against the Colorado Rockies, where he completed 7.1 innings, giving up just 1 earned run on 4 hits with 6 strike outs, posting an ERA of 1.23, picking up the win.

So now that the Cubs are listening to offers for Samardzija, what could this say for the rest of the starting rotation? Is anybody safe? The way things are looking, I doubt it. It will be interesting to see  who steps forward and makes offers on Samardzija.


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