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

Cubs, Jeff Samardzija agree on a one year, $5.34 million deal

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija has received some trade interest from a couple teams in the league. The former Notre Dame wide receiver/pitching prospect moved from the bullpen to Chicago’s starting rotation and was named as the teams Opening Day starter last year.

Samardzija finished the year with a 8-13 win/loss record while posting a 4.34, 1.35 WHIP through 213 2/3 innings of work. There’s no doubt that Samardzija has one of the strongest arms in the rotation, but I don’t necessarily think he’ll be included in the starting five at some point during the season. Unless he’s able to turn things around.

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the guy, but I think the team could really use him in the bullpen. Back in 2011, the year before Jeff joined the starting rotation, he finished the year with a 2.97 ERA through 88 innings pitched.

Now according to Jesse Rodgers on Twitter, the Chicago Cubs and starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija were able to agree on a one year deal worth $5.35 million to avoid arbitration.

Jesse also reports that both sides were able to meet somewhere in the middle. The Cubs submitted $4.4 million while Jeff was asking for $6.2 million.

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