Sep 23, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija (29) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Jeff Samardzija and Chicago Cubs still on pace for arbitration hearing

The Chicago Cubs have been quiet during the offseason with very little additions in the free agent market and after missing out on signing Japanese import Masahiro Tanaka the focus for the Cubs front office has been to avoid going to arbitration with their own players.

With arbitration hearings taking place during the first three weeks of February, the club still has yet to come to terms with Gold Glove second baseman Darwin Barney and more importantly starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija.

The subject of numerous trade rumors this offseason, including persistent ones involving the Toronto Blue Jays, Samardzija appears unlikely to sign a deal to keep him in Chicago for the long term, but will they be able to avoid arbitration where they would have to present a case against their No. 1 starter?

If the information from Levine’s source is indeed accurate then you’d have to think the two parties would be able to compromise on a measly $100,000, right?

Both sides have been stubborn in the negotiations–as they should–but until one side caves this appears headed to arbitration because they’re running out of time.

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  • Folt

    This needs to get done and all the trade discussions (if they are true) need to stop. At some point the cubs need to keep good players and show improvement. I like the path they are on, but do not need or want a 100 year rebuild.

    • Patrick Schmidt

      I think it will get done. Worst-case scenario is it goes to arbitration and he gets a 1-year deal. But if that happens the chances of a long-term deal may be remote at best. There is interest in him around the league, but the Cubs aren’t going to trade him until they exhaust every possibility of working out a 3-5 year deal with their defacto No. 1