Cubs Meeting with Samardzija’s Agent, Talking to Marlins about Logan Morrison

As reported, the Cubs’ front office is meeting with Jeff Samardzija’s agent, Mark Rodgers, on Wednesday and according to Joel Sherman the two sides will discuss a long-term contract extension.

Samardzija’s camp has rejected at least one contract extension this winter believed to be worth $55 million over five years. Jesse Rogers reported the two sides could be around $20 million apart in the negotiations.

Joel Sherman also reiterated what has been previously reported that Jeff Samardzija is not anxious to commit to the Cubs long term because he is not sure when the Cubs will be ready to compete. Samardzija wants to win baseball games.

Jeff Samardzija is not eligible for free agency for two more years and the Cubs’ brass is trying to maximize his value. The Cubs are not willing to give Samardzija away and the price to acquire Samardzija is reportedly very high. According to Joel Sherman, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are not happy with the offers they have received and they are willing to keep him until July if a team is unable to step up and pay the Cubs’ asking price.

Carrie Muskat confirmed Theo Epstein and Mark Rodgers are meeting on Wednesday.

Bruce Levine reported on Tuesday night the Cubs were looking to add another left handed bat to the mix, even with three left handed hitting outfielders on their roster. And Wednesday morning, Joel Sherman reported the Cubs are talking to the Marlins about Logan Morrison.

The Cubs view Morrison as an outfielder, not a first baseman.

Morrison has dealt with injuries the past two seasons. The 26-year old played in 85 games last season for the Fish and hit .242/.333/.375/.709 with 13 doubles, four triples and six home runs.

According to Sherman, the Pirates and Rays are also interested in Morrison. With Garrett Jones under contract, most feel the Marlins will trade Morrison this winter.

Logan Morrison’s Page on Baseball-Reference

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  • cubtex

    LoMo? As an outfielder?

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Keith Moreland 2.0

  • raymondrobertkoenig

    Samardzija wants to win, the Cubs won’t win anytime soon. They need to trade him.

    • TheWrongGuy

      I agree.
      BUT they won’t trade him without gaining another starter able to pitch and fill Samardzija’s spot in the rotation at the MLB level plus gain more pitching prospects in return. The market is tight right now.

      He will probably be traded during the season at the trade deadline.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Not many 200 plus innings / 200 K pitchers out there……….Theo does not have to chase…..as the season goes on, the price goes up.

  • cubtex

    I am not a WAR person but for those who are.
    -5.8 career WAR in 4 seasons.
    Hit .183 against LHP last year with a .266 OBP
    Hit .261 against RHP with a .354 OBP

    Can’t play defense and Can’t hit lefties. If they want to trade Rizzo and move him to 1st it makes sense because they are pretty much the same hitter but he is a platoon outfielder who doesn’t play good D.

    • 07GreyDigger

      In his career:
      RH: .251/.340/..446
      LH: .244/.329/..378

      Not the best LF no, but I think its a good buy low deal. Besides, he can hit for power and would be better in our lineup than Bogusevic right?

      • cubtex

        Can you imagine Rizzo and Lomo batting 3,5? Lefties would eat them up.

        • John_CC

          If Junior was most likely platooning, then we wouldn’t have to worry about that.

          I think you are going to eat major crow this year on Rizzo.

          • cubtex

            I would love to. I hope Rizzo magically gets better. He has a ton of holes in his swing that needs to be fixed.

          • Scott

            Rizzo’s career line is 238/324/412/735. I’m not saying that it is going to happen, but there is someone in the league that went from 233/377/339/616 over the first two years to 291/345/381/726 over their next two years. It is actually possible for a young player to improve…Rizzo will only be 24 next year.

          • bpot92

            WHo was that player? Just curious

          • Scott

            Yadier Molina. I think he has turned out ok. Sometimes it isn’t a terrible idea to have some patience and let a young player go through some growing pains.

          • Ripsnorter1

            It is simply amazing what PEDS can do for a player…..

          • bpot92

            Is it proven that Yadier used PED’s?

    • John_CC

      Look you go!

      He seems like a bum to me too, he came up young with tons of potential but never got better after his first full season. Does he have injury history from 2012 and ’13?

      fwiw: his first full season, age 23, he was better than Trumbo. :0

      • cubtex

        you never did get my argument for Trumbo to the D’backs being a good fit. I never once said I wanted him or how much of a stud he is.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    David Price does not want to pitch for Seattle……..looking more & more Price is headed to Los Angeles………..if it is the Dodgers, it will make D-Backs re-think a trade for Shark……by that time, Bradley and a few more top pitching prospects will be added to a Shark trade.

    • John_CC

      Too bad it’s not really his choice, unless there is a clause in his contract.

      • cubtex

        I was just going to say that :)

      • 07GreyDigger

        But why would the Mariners give up all those prospects just for two years? Seems like a waste.

        • John_CC

          I don’t know…because they are the Mariners?

        • Tony_Hall

          Because they have lots of money to throw at him and once a player plays for a team, they are more likely to resign, especially if they are the highest bidder.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Ken Rosenthal – Sources: DBacks still could trade for SP. Interest in Gregorius, Owings. Also could include current starter such as Cahill or Delgado.

    • cubtex

      It seems like the Blue Jays still seem like the best fit. Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman would be what the Cubs need since they lack power arms at all levels.

      • TheWrongGuy

        I like the Jays as well.
        But we would only be able to have/get one or the other and maybe neither one. I would take Drabek and Sanchez. Drabek fill the need for a starter that Samardizja vacates (not a TOR but he fills the hole till one of the prospects/suspects comes up).
        I would also take Gose for Shierholz as well. Gose has + speed, and lefty bat.

        • 07GreyDigger

          Can Drabek even pitch anymore? At this point Doug Drabek would be a better choice than Kyle.

  • cubtex

    Trade scenario that I would like to see. Justin Masterson is being shopped by the Tribe since they don’t think they can extend him(like Shark) He is a TOR starter and Cubs will have money to extend him. They also have a surplus of outfielders.
    How about a Masterson, Michael Brantley deal to the Cubs and the Cubs send Travis Wood(sell high and controllable) with a prospect like Villanueva or Alcantara? Cubs will get a TOR starter and a CF who is young,cheap and controlled till 2017.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      No…No…No.

      • cubtex

        Are you serious? You add a better pitcher and a starting CF for a prospect that you probably don’t have room for and a #3 possibly #4 starter in Wood.

        • CubbyDenCritic

          Masterson = T Wood…Theo stays away players in their walk year….
          Brantley…..not going anywhere.

          • cubtex

            Masterson is a #2. He misses bats. At some point you need to add TOR starters and not just 4’s and 5’s. Wood is not a #1 or #2 and I don’t feel he will ever be.

          • J Daniel

            Wood is not a #3 either, a 4 at best, and most likely a really good 5 on a really good team.

          • cubtex

            I think he is a 4. He had a very good year but I would sell high on him and if you can get a 28 year old guy like Masterson for him in a deal? Obviously they would have to see if he would be willing to sign an extension with the Cubs before making that deal.

          • J Daniel

            I can agree at 4 … and I totally agree with sell high at this point. I would feel different if they had 1, 2, 3 in place but they don’t. They don’t have enough hitting either. If he can be used in a move to acquire a TOR then go for it.

          • John_CC

            I like to see a list of ten #3 starters with a better season than Wood last year.

          • CubbyDenCritic

            With the large F/A contracts giving out with these free agent pitchers now, many of these future free agent pitchers will rather test the market then sign a contract now…….it is called “Greed”…..just ask Samardzija about it.

          • J Daniel

            Call it greed, or business, but that is why you need to have a system that continues to provide players and why you move guys early.

          • CubbyDenCritic

            last couple of years, we been trading away 60% of the starting pitching…….we need to establish a MLB team rather minor league system…..will you be upset if Theo is at the same stage in 2016 with no playoffs?

          • J Daniel

            Absolutely would be upset. They have to be close to starting the build, don’t they? Even they don’t want to lose their jobs.

            I can’t agree more with you in that they need to start developing a staff.

            And, as Ray has pointed out, they could have a good staff now without a real ace had they just kept some guys.

          • CubbyDenCritic

            At some point the Cubs need to establish a team and stop rotating with this pitching staff.

          • J Daniel

            100% correct.

        • Ripsnorter1

          I don’t think the Indians are that stupid.

          They would insist on the Cubs including Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters, too.

          Uh-uh. Ain’t gonna happen.

    • 07GreyDigger

      I like the idea of Masterson, but not trading a SP here. But I think it would be a wise move on their part.

      • cubtex

        And you know what Digger? Masterson was drafted by Theo :) More Boston ties.

        • 07GreyDigger

          Oh geez.

          • cubtex

            lol

    • paCubsfan23

      No, I don’t like that trade. I would send Shark, Lake, and Soler for Sanchez and Stroman.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Jon Heyman – Lots of activity on garza at moment. dbacks twins angels others. no word of anything imminent tho.

    Jerry Crasnick – Angels are among the clubs talking to Matt Garza. Would slot in behind Weaver and Wilson as a nice No. 3.

    Jerry Crasnick – Size of contract is obviously top factor for teams pursuing Garza. But lack of draft pick compensation helps his market.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      I feel Mat Garza is becoming the next Dan Haren / Rich Harden type of pitcher as they were at the end……..
      If Garza signs with the Angels, D-Backs will be back to the table with Theo over Shark.

  • cubtex

    Nats aquired LH reliever Jerry Blevins from Oakland. That takes Russell out of the discussion.

    • TheWrongGuy

      That is fine by me.
      That keeps Russell in the pen with Wright 2 loogies, less workload for Russell and he becomes more effective. It also allows Rosscup more seasoning at AAA, to gain more control, if either goes down.

    • cubtex

      Blevins was drafted in the 17th round by the Cubs in 2004 and traded to Oakland in 2007 as part of the Jason Kendall deal. He has been pretty solid the last couple of years. He is not just a Loogy. He has been pretty effective against righties and lefties. Nats are probably pretty happy to get him.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Thanks for posting

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Cubs are moving faster to the #1 Draft Pick in the coming years then moving towards the Playoffs.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Nationals got their lefty

    Jeff Passan – Nationals send Billy Burns, their minor league player of the year, to Oakland for LHP Jerry Blevins.

  • Thomas D

    Here is something I just thought about I know it won’t happen but it would be interesting if it did. Trade for David Price and attempt for That Japanese pitcher I don’t know how to spell his name and then we would have an ace in Price and two potential aces as well with wood being a fourth starter. We have the prospects to spare as our farm is starting to look congested with hitters. I know it won’t happen but it be a nice thing if it did. We could compete next year and all three if those uys are young enough to be core players.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      I am the Rays GM….and you want David Price…..okay…..in return I want….
      Baez
      Edwards
      Almora
      P. Johnson
      T Wood
      then Price will want $250 million for the next 10 years ….
      all in for Price now?

      • J Daniel

        Is Hendry advising you?

        • Thomas D

          That’s hilarious

      • John_CC

        If you think the Rays are going to get two top 5 prospects – one of them the #1 – plus two more pitching prospects, plus a major league pitcher with years of control coming off his best season you are crazier than I ever thought.

        • CubbyDenCritic

          Let me guess, you believe a David Price for Josh Vitters would do the trick………..Rays want the best for Price……just like the Cubs want for Shark.

  • cubtex

    Corey Hart to the M’s.

    • J Daniel

      Any move for the Cubs?

      • cubtex

        Cubs send 12 Pepperoni Lou Malnatti’s Pizza’s to the Phillies for a case of Philly Cheesesteaks.

        I would be happy to even hear a trade like this just to acknowledge that Theo and Jed are actually talking to someone instead of spending all day at the Magic Kingdom :)

        • 07GreyDigger

          How do you know they aren’t?

          • cubtex

            As long as there is a Starbucks nearby there is a good possibility :)

          • paulcatanese

            Only if there is yesterday’s coffee at a discount:)

        • Tony_Hall

          So join in the activity, even if it doesn’t improve the team.

          Deals need to make sense, not just be a me too!

        • Tony_Hall

          Magic KIngdom is kind of fun though.

        • Eugene Debs

          The Magic Kingdom would actually cost money, so we know that’s not what they are doing.

          • Tony_Hall

            I think they can afford the price of admission to Magic Kingdom.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Clark Spencer – Source: Marlins trading Logan Morrison to Seattle for RHP Carter Capps

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Logan Morrison not coming to the Cubs…..that made allot of Cubs fans breath easier.

      • 07GreyDigger

        Not me. I’m sad.

        • CubbyDenCritic

          Morrison is a “Problem Child”……not good for the club house…….trust me on this.

          • cubtex

            He is great on twitter though

          • 07GreyDigger

            I’m not super sad. But it would have been nice to have another 20 HR bat in the lineup.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Seattle building up bats…….Ibaez, Morrison & Hart.
    Cubs are really moving up the Draft chart for 2015.

    • K_Gripp

      Seattle making a lot of noise like the Blue Jays did last year but at this point they still arent making the playoffs. If they trade for Price though look out. King Felix and Price pitching 40% of your games give you a good shot at winning.

      • cubtex

        I wouldn’t count them out. When you got a King Felix leading your staff followed by Iwakuma with a 14-6 record and 2.66 ERA and a Tajuan Walker who could be a huge jolt by the All Star Break(kind of like Gerrit Cole) that is pretty strong.

        • K_Gripp

          Is Cano, Morrison, and Hart worth 20 wins? They’re improved but Ill still take Texas and Oakland over them. I dont think they are done yet and I might change my opinion depending on what other pieces they add.

          • cubtex

            they have put themselves in the mix.

          • Denver Mike

            According to the ever popular WAR stat :) Cano’s career average is 5.02/year, Morrison’s is -.025/year, and Hart is 1.78/year, for a total of 6.78 wins per year. Assuming they are taking over for the prototypical replacement level player, then no they certainly aren’t worth 20 wins.

            But Price is worth 3.1/year and Choo 2.56/year, so if they sign them the Ms are practically guaranteed to gain 12-13 wins next year, which might get them close!

            Loaded with sarcasm BTW

  • cc002600

    rhetorical question of the day: are the cubs even at the winter meetings ?

    I know this shouldn’t matter, but I think every team in baseball has done something this week except for one. Jeez.

    I watch these reports on MLB network, and I don’t think the cubs were mentioned 1 time.

    • John_CC

      I don’t think the Cards have done anything…or the Rangers, Orioles, Red Sox, Rays…I’m just going off the top of my head so there are probably more…

      But I get your point.

      Are the winter meetings more for twitter junkies, writers and fans than actually for baseball teams now?

  • cubtex

    Choo out on Seattle now as well. Jed Hoyer would not deny or confirm that they are the mystery team after Choo. Watch….after doing nothing all week..they sign Choo.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      it would be an upgrade and fill a need, but at what cost of being unable to afford other pieces down the road? Almora is a couple years away at best, so Choo helps there. Maybe Junior Lake sticks…Bryant possibly gets put in OF. Those 3 would make me very happy compared to the Sweeney/Bogusevic/Schierholz triumvirate we have currently.

  • Greg Rad

    I have been following CCO for a couple of years now and thing it’s the best Cub site out there. I haven’t posted too often but read this site multiple times a day. Neil you do a great job. Thanks.

    At this point I just want the FO to throw me a bone for next year! Cheese and Rice you have got to be able to make at least a minor league move at this point!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Man, thank you for your kind words and Welcome to the CCO

  • cubtex

    With Seattle going for it…I really wish the Cubs had something the M’s need to get a Nick Franklin. I like that kid and he would be a young 2B to team with Castro and Rizzo for years to come. The kid can hit and be a future #2 hitter with pop.

    • John_CC

      And it would create surplus at one of the only positions they don’t have a lot, 2B. Alcantara could be a pretty nice trade chip…

  • John_CC

    I admit I have following along with all the non-stories the past few days. Partly of course because I hope the Cubs do something, partly out of boredem, and partly for the entertainment.

    Which is my point. These meetings in the age of instant everything and constant twitter feeds that tell us nothing new every 3.5 minutes are really just a big media circus and hype fest. The MLB has never had a big draft day circus like the NFL or NBA and this is their thing now. Hype it up. In the old days the meetings were important for all these guys to get together and network and talk and work out ideas. But now it just isn’t important, last week was case in point. All this leads to fans building expectations and then making judgments based on the number of moves teams make.

    Should teams make moves just for the sake of it? Just to please fans and media? To create an illusion that they are “going for it?”

    • 07GreyDigger

      No they shouldn’t. But lots of people on here will tell you otherwise.

    • Eugene Debs

      All good points. To answer the question regarding the illusion that a team is “going for it,” I think you are close but not quite there. We don’t want an illusion, we’d actually like to root for a team that was actually going for it.

      • Tony_Hall

        They are going for it, just not going all in for 2014. By next year at this time, we will have a much better idea of how this rebuild is doing and whether adding a FA makes sense.

        • Dorasaga

          That’s going for nothing. This Winter Meeting only helps 2014. If the Cubs F.O. wants to go for 2015 and beyond, then it better hire better analysts and scout directors to steal some talents out of baseball’s box, huge, muddling, and full of market-inefficiency. Then we recall Tom Tango and McLeod, so apparently they did, oops! ;-)

          • John_CC

            I disagree. There is a time for action and times to stand pat. The Cubs situation right now calls for standing pat and waiting to see who pans out. I really believe they are on the cusp and while not making big moves is disappointing, it is the most prudent “move” at this point.

          • Dorasaga

            I dunno what you were disagreeing with. Not trying to argue anything, just wonder if I misinterpreted here…

          • John_CC

            Not arguing at all. I was disagreeing that the non-action at this winter meeting only benefits 2014. I think it was wider implications. Doesn’t matter though…

        • John_CC

          I was going to try to go into this idea tony, but I didn’t want write an old Aaron length post.

          By next year so much will be fleshed out with the roster and who and where some of the current prospects will be playing. And oncw they are at that point, then the depth that has been built at 3B and up the middle will hopefully be players that are desired by other teams. Then it will make sense to start trading some of those kids for ML pieces to fill the roster.

          For the cubs to have started reading any of thier prospects now, the season before so many are going to show what they will be would be foolish. Which you already know, and the rest of us that have bought in to the plan for the future.

          So I’m sorry for singing to the proverbial choir. I just had to finish the thought that was the start of my previous post.

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