The Chicago Cubs and starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija still remain far apart on contract talks, which has lead to speculation that Chicago will move their ace. And while that still may be true, for now it appears as if the Cubs are content keeping him on their roster.
According to CSN Chicago, the Cubs don’t have any plans to trade Samardzija in the near future and will likely wait until the July trade deadline if they are to move him:
At this point, a major-league source said the Cubs are planning to hold onto Jeff Samardzija until closer to the July 31 trade deadline, hoping to change the supply-and-demand dynamics. Industry sources say the Cubs and Samardzija remain far apart on a long-term deal, though there’s mutual respect on both sides and hope they can eventually find common ground. The likely Opening Day starter is two seasons away from free agency, but the clock is ticking for team president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer.
It’s certainly an interesting tactic and one that could backfire considering teams aren’t going to trade high level prospects for a potential half-season rental. But it also gives the Cubs more time to finalize a deal with Samardzija as well.