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.