Jeff Samardzija, Cubs Avoid Arbitration

The Cubs have avoided arbitration with pitcher Jeff Samardzija, signing him for one year and $5.345MM, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweets. Samardzija had filed for $6.2MM and the Cubs had proposed $4.4MM, so the final figure comes in just above the $5.3MM midpoint. The two parties were to have their arbitration hearing on Monday. Samardzija is represented by Frontline.

This contract simply avoids arbitration for this season, and does not resolve the possibility of a long-term deal for Samardzija, who is eligible for free agency after 2015. There have also been recurring rumors that the rebuilding Cubs could trade Samardzija, although the most recent word is that, given the continued presence of solid starting pitching options (like A.J. Burnett, Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana) on the free-agent market, the Cubs could wait until July to make a deal. Samardzija posted a 4.34 ERA with 9.0 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9 in 213 2/3 innings for the Cubs last season.


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19 Comments on "Jeff Samardzija, Cubs Avoid Arbitration"


jp1198
1 year 6 months ago

Samardzija’s one of those guys who was so underrated that he’s now overrated, in my opinion. He’s not bad, but is at very best a low-end #2 or 3.

BENT_WOOKIE
1 year 6 months ago

the thing is, so was garza and they still got a good amount back.

jp1198
1 year 6 months ago

Yeah, the Cubs (or maybe more specifically Hoyer/Epstein) are good at maximizing value on trades

JoeyBats13
1 year 6 months ago

Roberto Osuna, Anthony Gose and Neil Wagner for Samardzija.

Thoughts?

jp1198
1 year 6 months ago

Not bad. Plausible for both teams.

416jays
1 year 6 months ago

Roberto ozuna????uhh

Shane Flannagan
1 year 6 months ago

Take out Gose and insert Sanchez and I would do that deal. Cubs need pitchers, not OF’s

JoeyBats13
1 year 6 months ago

Very hard to see AA trading both Osuna and Sanchez for two years of Shark.

Aramis Ramirez' Basement
1 year 6 months ago

Cubs need to sign him. If we traded him, we’d get guys he hope to be like Samardzija one day. We have him now so lock him up Theo!

Steve
1 year 6 months ago

So you would hope to get league average pitchers back? For a guy who is going to walk in 2 years

Aramis Ramirez' Basement
1 year 6 months ago

I realize that ERA doesnt look like his best, i thought he was overrated but then i saw that his FIP and xFIP are in the mid-3s, which indicates Jeff did pitch a lot better than it looks like. I believe Jeff does have a strong #2 potential. Ace status? That’s a tough one.

Steve
1 year 6 months ago

I wouldn’t pay him what he wants to be paid. He has in his mind he is an ace and hasn’t come close to proving that. He looked like he quit last year

JoeyBats13
1 year 6 months ago

He’s no ace and is unlikely he’ll ever be one, however like you said his FIP and xFIP numbers are solid along with his fWAR as well. I would love to see AA acquire him as long as it doesn’t include Sanchez or Stroman in the deal.

Steve
1 year 6 months ago

I would be interested to see what he would do on a competitive team

Trock
1 year 6 months ago

Completely agree. He is sub par at best but most cubs fans (and I am a cubs fan) think he is some great pitcher. I say if you can’t lock him up for a team friendly deal soon you trade him for anything you can that’s worth any value. I think they should get a decent package but they seem like they are to reach for the stars. If they are waiting for a deal that will blow them away. It’s not gonna happen

Aramis Ramirez' Basement
1 year 6 months ago

He is not sub par. Sure he isn’t am ace yet, might not even have been a #2 last year but he is not sub par. A sub par pitcher is a Mike Pelfrey or an Edwin jackson from last year.

Jeff
1 year 6 months ago

Geez this guy get way to many mentions for an 8 game winner

Aramis Ramirez' Basement
1 year 6 months ago

Hope this is sarcasm Lol

ray_derek
1 year 6 months ago

You do realize he plays for one of the least competitive teams in baseball, right?