Report: Cubs Reached Out to Samardzija with a New Contract Offer

According to a report from the Sun-Times, the Cubs “have quietly reached out to Jeff Samardzija with a new contract offer.” The report states the extension would keep Samardzija with the Cubs for as long as Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo.

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have said publicly over the last two years the Cubs need more Jeff Samardzijas and not less. If Gordon Wittenmyer’s sources are correct, it should not come as a surprise that the front office is making one last attempt to sign Samardzija before the only option is to trade him.

Gordon Wittenmyer reported the Cubs “offer is believed to be for the same five years previously discussed” but more than the total contract of $60-65 million. The two sides have reportedly been $20-25 million apart on a five-six extension.

The Homer Bailey contract (six years, $105 million) appears to be the starting point on an extension for Samardzija, along with assurances from the Cubs on when the front office plans on being competitive again. Ken Rosenthal thinks Samardzija would probably want an extension closer to the six-year, $127.5 million contract Matt Cain signed with the Giants. The report from the Sun-Times mentions “management style and stability” as being other possible issues. Samardzija was believed to be asking for some kind of no-trade protection before he signed a long term extension as well. If Samardzija signs an extension with the Cubs, at some point he will receive 10-5 rights and would have a say so on where he would be traded, that is unless he was traded before the clause kicked in.

As Wittenmyer previously reported, the Cubs have “already had preliminary trade talks involving potential players who would come back in a deal” for Samardzija with at least two teams including the Blue Jays.

The Blue Jays sent Russ Boye, one of their most trusted scouts according to the Toronto Sun, to Miami to watch Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija pitch the first two games of the series. And the Cubs recently sent Tim Wilken to watch Blue Jays prospects.

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  • Tony_H

    Tony Gwynn’s passing shocked the baseball world, but hit close to home with Jason McLeod.

    • Denver Mike

      I read this yesterday, and it is definitely worth the read for anyone who may have missed it.

  • Tony_H

    If Samardzija wants to be a Cub he will sign the extension they are offering.

    • Roll

      It’s a good PR move for the FO to come back and make another offer to Jeff I just hope they are sincere and they both can agree to a fair market value because I think Jeff would drop the NTC request in a minute. I also wonder if the FO are not getting the quality trade offers they thought for Jeff. I don’t think either side will not want this to go on past the trade deadline because Jeff’s value with go down and the FO risk will go up, plus it will be a huge distraction for the Cubs this offseason who need more positive major league roster news.

      • Tony_H

        Add in that if he would sign an extension right now, it would increase the demand for their other pitchers. Either way, you are right, at worst it is a great PR move to let this “leak” out. I think the Cubs offers have been fair, based on how far from FA he has been and still is today.

      • Ripsnorter1

        ESPN said last night (16 June 2014) that the Cubs do not have the money to sign Samardzija.

        My interpretation: smoke screen. Again.

        • Neil

          Please post a link to a report. Thank you.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Can’t do it. It was on TV last night.

          • Neil

            Thanks man, that is the first report in the last week that doubted the Cubs had the money to sign Samardzija to an extension. Working on a lot on the extension talks would have been good to hear.

  • kingdomusa

    Why send wilken, he made an awful choice in picking the pitcher Hayden Simpson who was a bust in 2 years. He was ranked in the low 100 (maybe 116) & we took him with the 13th pick. Worse choice ever in draft history.

    • chuckleberry74

      Dramatic, no?

    • calicub

      this is very short sighted. First, Wilken has an outstanding history of finding and signing QUALITY guys. Before he was with the Cubs in 2006 he was responsible for signing “Billy Koch, Jimmy Key, Vernon Wells, Orlando Hudson, Michael Young, Jay Gibbons, Craig Wilson, Casey Blake, Felipe Lopez, Alex Rios, Josh Phelps, Miguel Negron and Wade Townsend,” and “while Wilken was national cross checker, he signed Shawn Green, Shannon Stewart, Roy Halladay, Steve Karsay, Chris Carpenter and Ryan Freel.” [per baseball reference]

      This doesn’t even touch upon the work he’s done for the Cubs both for scouting and drafting. Simpson was a bust and no one will argue that but that doesn’t de-value what the he does. Never forget how sad a state the organization was during a majority of his tenure. Scouts weren’t even given video recording devices until Theo took over for crying outloud! The fact of the matter is, the further into his tenure with the Cubs, the stronger their drafts became. No one hits 1.000.


      • Theboardrider

        Totally agree. A lifetime I good work down because of one poor choice? This is baseball! Nobody bats 1000 in scouting. If you pick 1 out of 3 you’re doing well. And Wilken has been very solid.

      • brent carmona

        I remember there was an espn article a year or two ago, they asked front office officials to rank the most respected amateur scouts in the game and Tim Willen was ranked number one. I’ll try and find the link and post it…I applaud Theo and company for keeping him aboard no doubt.

      • Tony_H

        Plus it was just a cost saving move done by many teams who didn’t want to invest in the draft every year.

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  • Roll

    I lived in San Diego for 25 years and met TGwynn twice in a casual setting. Even though he was an exceptional hitter, all great around ballplayer, and teammate the two things he was even better at was being a father and a quality person. It was a terrible day yesterday for baseball, San Diego, and the Gwynn family.

    • Tony_H

      Well said. That must have been great to meet him.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    Good news hopefully they bring up Bryant to show him they are serious.
    Send down Olt to play OF. Sign a guy like Nelson Cruz. And a Justin Masterson. Bring up Hendricks or Neil Ramirez starting. Put Jackson as the long man in the Bullpen.

    I know that is a lot and probably won’t happen at all but we can dream.

    • Chris K.

      Masterson hasn’t been so hot so far this season and Cruz has been great so far, but I’m not sure I want to spend top dollar/long term money on a guy who is 33 and like Soriano will stink in the OF long term.

      • Patrick_Schaefer

        I just meant a guy like Nelson Cruz a middle of the order FA Bat. And a number 1 or 2 pitcher.

    • Theboardrider

      Nelson Cruz no more than 2 years max.

      • Patrick_Schaefer

        Just meant middle of the order bat and a TOR pitcher number 1 or 2.

    • gary3411

      Cruz and Masterson? ew. Ramirez stays in ‘pen, we need him there.

      Give me Jon Lester and another OFer maybe Cuddyer over Cruz. Cruz will cost too much.

  • Roland Bowman

    Shark’s trade value this year is greater than it will be next year. A team will get a TOR pitcher at a controlled price for a year and a half. And if they are not able to resign him at the end of next year they would get a compensation pick I believe. Whereas next year a team would get a TOR pitcher at a controlled price for half a year and no compensation if they are not able to resign him.

    I didn’t get the feel that the Cubs would trade him this year. There were GMs saying they would not pay the asking price for Shark and were looking for cheaper alternatives. However this report makes me wonder if a team has stepped up and expressed sincere interest.

    I believe the FO would rather resign Shark to an extension than trade him. However they are far apart on the terms of the contract. It is possible a team has contacted them and preliminary talks have went well. This latest offer could be the FO making sure that there is no chance at signing him to an extension before they pursue serious trade talks.

  • TheWrongGuy

    1 year removed and we are hearing the same dog and pony show. Garza last year and “Shark” this year. “Shark” won’t sign. The Cubs FO is just checking information.

  • triple

    I’m gonna keep my fingers crossed in hopes that the FO gets Samardzija signed to an extension. This is a much more solid team with him rather than without. Besides, we’ve got plenty of suspects already, I know receiving more only makes the chances of having a successful TOR pitcher in the future go up, but I’m still struggling to find multiple cases where a solid starter was traded at the deadline and the team got THE guy that anchored their rotation for years to come. And if any of you can point out some of those instances, please share with me.

    • Roland Bowman

      This isn’t meant to take anything away from your comment. But I had to respond that I remember when the Tigers traded John Smoltz (a prospect at the time) for Doyle Alexander. This was in 1987. Things were different then. I seem to remember a lot of trades in the late 80’s where teams would give up a highly touted prospect for an average to above average major league player if that player fit a need in the name of going for it. An isolated case from a long time ago. Your point still stands.

      • triple

        I was not really trying to challenge anyone to prove me wrong or right… that was not my intention. I just really was interested in hearing who some of the success stories are. Smoltzy is a good one for sure!

  • Theboardrider

    I like the resigning efforts. If nothing else it puts pressure on teams that want him.

    I’d love to see him stay but not for Matt Cain money. Matt Cain is a much more proven commodity. I wouldn’t want him making quite that much. But if he will stay for a little less is love to see them get it done.

  • Craig York

    Schwarber with another homer.

    • Denver Mike

      You’d have to figure he’ll be playing in Kane County when the second half of their season starts, if not sooner.

      • triple

        I wouldn’t even be surprised if he makes the jump to Daytona soon enough. That is what Tom U. has led me to believe…

    • triple

      2 homers today for him!

  • Jeffrey Rogers

    I say give him either the no trade or the money, but not both.

    • gary3411

      no trade. I can care less about dolling those out to the right players. Shark seems to be a guy who won’t quit after he makes his money

  • Rational Logic

    Matt Cain comp? Not a chance. I like Anibal Sanchez’s contract.

  • No Baseball In Indiana

    I hope and expect the Cubs to trade Samardzija within in a month.

    However, since 2012 Shark has been the 21st most valuable SP in the MLB ahead of guys like Cueto, Latos, Sabathia, Weaver, Wilson, and Medlen. Goes to show you you can do anything with numbers.

  • triple

    I just heard on the MLB channel that the Red Sox have designated Grady Sizemore for assignment. Is there really any chance that the Cubs can use him, or even be able to acquire him for cheap? I know he’s had injury problems and hasn’t been so effective for the last 3-4 years, but what if he can turn it around playing in the National League?

    • Ripsnorter1

      I hope not. He’s done. He’s awful nowadays. Besides, who do you want to bench: Lake?

  • gary3411

    samardzija really is going to get what Matt Cain got? That guy had multiple cy-young caliber years before that extension. wow. Unless he takes 80mil I say no way. I wouldn’t even be mad if we kept him and let him walk after next year, assuming we try and compete next year. Sign Lester, Andrew Miller, and an OF and we can compete. Then let Samardzija walk and take the draft pick.

    jake Arrieta could be solving a lot of our TOR pitching issues right in front of our eyes. he could be a 3 on a good team, so actually a league average 2.

    • triple

      I wonder if the Cubs could get Melky Cabrera cheap enough on a shorter contract? Doubt it, but he’s one of the younger guys, and can hit near the top of the order.

    • BillyFinT

      This is the right move for the club. Look around Baseball. It will be a lot more expensive, as the supply is much much lower than the demand.

  • John_CC

    Jeff has yet to prove he is as good as Homer let alone Matt Cain. Seriously? If that report is true then forget it, no way.

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