The Chicago Cubs were able to avoid arbitration with pitcher Jeff Samardzija after the two sides agreed on a one year, $5.34 million dollar deal. But the long term contract the two sides have been working on for months? It still couldn’t be completed.
With free agency quickly approaching for the Cubs ‘ace’, Samardzija says he has emotional connection with the Cubs – but says it only stretches so far.
Re extension talks, Samardzija said he has “emotional attachment” to Cubs. “But that attachment only goes so far,” he added.
In short, that was nothing more than ‘I’d be more than happy to stay if you pay me what I want’.
Samardzija will hit free agency after the 2015 season and reportedly rejected a five year, $55 million dollar deal in December. Of course, considering A.J. Burnett just secured a one year deal worth $16 million from the Philadelphia Phillies, the market is all screwed up now.
The Cubs are going to have to pony up the cash if they’re going to want to keep Samardzija in Chicago.