According to a report from Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs are listening to offers for Jeff Samardzija. According to Rosenthal, the asking price for Samardzija is “high” as expected. Rosenthal’s report surfaced not long after Bruce Levine indicated on his show (Talkin’ Baseball) that he would not be surprised if the Cubs were willing to trade Samardzija in the right deal.
Ken Rosenthal reported last month Kevin Towers called the Cubs about Jeff Samardzija and the conversation quickly ended after Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer asked for Tyler Skaggs and Archie Bradley according to Buster Olney. Ken Rosenthal reported on Saturday he would not be surprised if the Diamondbacks, Red Sox and others would have interest in trading for Samardzija … that is, if the Cubs are indeed listening to offers.
Jeff Samardzija is under team control for two more years and does not become a free agent until after the 2015 season. The Cubs have expressed a desire to sign him to a long-term extension. Samardzija reportedly turned down contract extension during the off-season and said he would like to show more what he can do as a starter before signing a long-term deal. There have been reports in recent weeks that Samardzija would like to have a better idea of where the Cubs are going before signing an extension and that could hold up the Cubs inking him to an extension this winter.
Jeff Samardzija avoided arbitration and signed a $2.64 million contract for the 2013 season that includes a $125,000 performance based incentives package.
After a solid start to the season and a very good May (2-2 in five starts with a 2.31 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP), Samardzija had his annual June swoon (2-1 in six starts with a 4.20 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP) and limped into the break with two bad outings against the Pirates and Angels. Samardzija was very good in Colorado after the break, but Samardzija struggled again in his last start after the offense gave him a six-run lead.
Jeff Samardzija has the stuff to be a top of the rotation starter but needs to work on his consistency.
It is not surprising the Cubs are listening to offers for Jeff Samardzija. They should be and they should be listening to offers for any player on their roster and in the system. Just because they are listening it does not mean they have plans to trade the player.