Sep 17, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija pitches in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Jeff Samardzija: extend…or trade?

AJ Mass has posted an ESPN Insider article citing CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney as saying that the Cubs may wait to see how the market evolves for their ace Jeff Samardzija.

While the two sides probably wouldn’t mind coming to terms on a contract extension, Mooney reminds people of the haul that the Cubs got for Matt Garza last season. The Texas Rangers gave up four good prospects for a two month gamble on Matt Garza, who, after under-performing in the second half, looks to be headed elsewhere in Free Agency. Samardzija is still two years away from hitting the open market, which naturally makes him a good candidate for a trade as well as an extension. The current market is also still being held in limbo as teams wait for news of Masahiro Tanaka’s destination and price tag in 11 days.

Samardzija, arbitration eligible for the first time, posted an 8-13 record and a 4.34 ERA over a career-high 213.2IP for Chicago in 2013. He also recorded a career high in strikeouts at 214.


Tags: Chicago Cubs

  • Timmyyyyyyy

    Trade him. Too much cash for a big unit wanna be.