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29 Jeff Samardzija SP
Height/Weight: 6-5/225 | Birthdate: 1/23/1985 | Birthplace: Merrillville, IN | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Chicago | College: Notre Dame | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $2,640,000 | Owned/Started%: 96/70 | Average Draft Position: 111.17
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Jeff Samardzija gets little help in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2014) Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija put together another strong start Friday, but still took the loss in a 4-1 loss.

Samardzija tossed seven innings for the fourth time in as many starts, but was ultimately downed by a lack of help from his defense. He allowed one earned run in the fifth inning, and then lost the game on a throwing error by second baseman Emilio Bonifacio which allowed the eventual winning runs to come across in the sixth.

Samardzija allowed three runs in seven innings, but only one was earned. He surrendered six hits and a pair of walks, while striking out seven batters on 114 pitches.

Samardzija has been the victim of terrible luck, as his record stands at 0-2 through four starts, despite twirling seven innings with two or fewer earned runs in each. He will put his 1.29 ERA up against the Diamondbacks in his next start, as he searches for his first win Wednesday. 


Jeff Samardzija goes seven strong in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija continued his recent success on Friday, but failed to factor into the decision in a 6-3 win over the Cardinals in extras.

Samardzija allowed a run-scoring single to Yadier Molina in the second frame for his only blemish of the night. He was charged with one run on six hits and no walks while striking out four over seven innings pitched. He tossed 98 pitches, 62 of which were strikes.

Samardzija lowered his ERA from 1.29 through his first three starts. He owns a 15:5 K:BB ratio over 21 innings pitched. He'll look to keep rolling Friday against Cincinnati.

Jeff Samardzija strikes out eight in quality start Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2014) Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija fell to 0-1 Saturday despite giving up just two earned runs on six hits and three walks in seven innings while striking out eight in his team's 2-0 loss to the Phillies.

Samardzija threw seven scoreless innings in his season debut but was saddled with a no-decision, and he ends up with a loss despite putting together another fine performance in his second start. He owns a 1.29 ERA and 11:5 K:BB ratio in 14 innings. Samardzija is on track to face the Cardinals in St. Louis Friday.


Jeff Samardzija throws seven scoreless in debut


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2014) Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija tossed seven shutout innings against the Pirates Monday.

Samardzija gave up five hits and two walks during the appearance. He struck out just three batters. Samardzija didn't receive any run support from the Cubs, and left the game in a scoreless tie. The Pirates later when on to win the game in extra innings, but Samardzija received a no decision.

Samardzija will take on the Phillies April 5.


Cubs value doesn't jive with inability to sign Jeff Samardzija


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2014) The announcement by Forbes Magazine that the Cubs rank fourth in MLB value at $1.2 billion doesn't mesh with an $89 million payroll that ranks 23rd or their inability to sign ace Jeff Samardzija, according to CSNChicago.com. That payroll includes $13 million they still owe to Yankees outfielder Alfonso Soriano.

The usually talkative Samardzija declined comment when asked about setting a deadline or negotiating during the season. If he remains unsigned, he will become a free agent after the 2015 season.

Samardzija, who has been the subect of heavy trade talks, did speak optimistically about the immediate future of the team. "We've put a great little crew together here," he said. "...The mentality of this camp ... has been outstanding. They've been hungry, which is exciting."

The right-hander has been a victim of non-support with the Cubs, though he has also proven a bit inconsistent. He owns a 17-26 record the last two seasons combined despite averaging more than a strikeout per inning.


Jeff Samardzija pitches three one-run innings Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2014) Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija allowed just one earned run on four hits in three innings while striking out two in his team's 14-4 loss to the Diamondbacks Wednesday.

Samardzija closes the spring on a solid note Wednesday, finishing with a 5.14 ERA and 19:7 K:BB ratio in 21 innings. He's scheduled to take the mound for the Cubs on opening day, but trade rumors figure to continue to swirl around him all season.


Blue Jays among teams to scout Jeff Samardzija Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2014) At least 15 scouts were present Thursday as Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija struck out eight in 5 1/3 innings Thursday, with the Blue Jays sending three scouts to the game, CBSChicago.com reports.

The Cubs and Samardzija have yet to work out a long-term extension, which is the team's preference, but trading him now with two full seasons before he reaches free agency should bring a better return than if the Cubs were to hang on to him until next offseason. Samardzija is set to take the mound in the Cubs opener.


Jeff Samardzija fans eight in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2014) Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija bounced back with his strongest start of the spring Thursday, in a 3-0 loss to the Mariners.

Samardzija was charged with two runs in five-plus innings of work, on six hits and a pair of walks. He was unhittable for stretches, however, finishing with eight strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings.

Samardzija has little to prove in the spring, but it was still nice to see him dial it up with the season opener nearing. He has a 5.50 ERA in 18 spring innings, with 17 strikeouts and seven walks in five starts.  


Jeff Samardzija serves up pair of homers vs. Royals


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2014) Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija, the team's opening day starter, showed some struggles in his fourth Cactus League start on Saturday against the Royals.

Samardzija surrendered home runs to Jarrod Dyson and Johnny Giavotella in the opening frame. He yielded four runs, seven hits and three walks while striking out one over 3 2/3 innings pitched. He has allowed nine runs over 12 2/3 innings this spring.

Cubs name Jeff Samardzija the opening day starter


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2014) The Cubs have named Jeff Samardzija as the opening day starter, according to ESPN.

The move shouldn't come as a surprise, as Samardzija is the best, and most experienced pitcher on the club. He'll be followed in the rotation by Travis Wood. Samardzija posted a 4.34 ERA in 213 2/3 innings last year.


Jeff Samardzija strikes out five in four innings Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2014) Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija, whose name has come up in trade rumors over the last few weeks, surrendered two earned runs on five hits in four innings while striking out five in Monday's 3-2 win over the Giants.

"I keep getting stronger and I really like how I approached this offseason with spacing it out and not throwing until a little later," Samardzija told MLB.com after the start. "I feel like I’m peaking at the right time. I can’t control [rumors]. I”m just going to come out and pitch and keep doing my job and whatever happens will happen."

Samarzija has surrendered five earned runs in nine innings over three spring games while striking out eight and walking two.


Jeff Samardzija surrenders three runs Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2014) Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija allowed three earned runs on four hits and one walk while striking out one in three innings in Wednesday's 7-5 loss to the Rockies, and he was also the victim of a comebacker off his leg in the first inning.

"I'm pretty used to these comebacker, get drilled kind of things," Samardzija told MLB.com. "It happened a few times last year. It's part of pitching. Protect the vital organs and hopefully [the ball] stops close to you and you can get the guy out."

Samardzija pitched two scoreless innings in his debut, giving him a 5.40 ERA through his first five innings of spring.


Jeff Samardzija solid in first spring appearance


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2014) Though trade rumors have swirled around him, Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija made his regularly scheduled spring debut Thursday, in a 5-2 loss to the Diamondbacks.

Samardzija pitched two quick innings in the start, and held the Diamondbacks off the scoreboard despite three baserunners. He allowed two hits and one walk, but faced just two batters over the minimum while recording with a pair of strikeouts.

Samardzija's status as a central figure in trade rumors is likely to be a continuing issue, but he will be pitching in the majors either way. He posted a 4.34 ERA in 213 2/3 innings a year ago, along with an 8-13 record and 214 strikeouts in 33 starts. 


Jeff Samardzija doesn't expect trade before regular season


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2014) The trade rumors involving Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija have died down and he expects them to remain so throughout the spring. Samardzija believes he will break camp with his current team.

"From what it sounds like right now we're going head over heels for the season with this team," he told CSNChicago.com.

Samardzija is not eligible for free agency until after the 2015 season, but the Cubs might believe they will not be ready to contend for the playoffs until after that.


Report: 'Strong possibility' Jeff Samardzija is traded before opener


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2014) Two industry sources believe there is a "strong possibility" Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija is traded before the beginning of the season, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Lending fuel to the fire is the fact that the Cubs have yet to name an opening-day starter. "So many things can happen over the course of the spring that I’m not going to lock myself into trying to divulge something that I can’t really determine will be in the end," manager Rick Renteria told the Sun-Times.

Samardzija has two years of team control before becoming a free agent after the 2015 season, and with no progress made in terms of an extension, the Cubs may decide to work out a deal within the next few weeks with the hope of maximizing their potentialr return. Samardzija went 8-13 with a 4.34 ERA and 214:78 K:BB ratio in 213 2/3 innings last season.


Jeff Samardzija set as starter for exhibition opener


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2014) The Cubs have made the not-so-surprising announcement that ace Jeff Samardzija will start the Cactus League opener next Thursdsay against Arizona.

Samardzija has been the subject of trade talks this offseason that have cooled, but could heat up again as the regular season approaches.


Jeff Samardzija seeking to increase value in 2014


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/14/2014) Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija spoke candidly Friday about his role this year and the inability so far to work out a long-term deal with his team.

"All I can do is increase my value as much as possible and in the end it's going to help the organization no matter what by keeping me here and proving that I'm that guy or [helping them get] prospects in return," he said via the Chicago Sun-Times.

Samardzija struggled a bit down the stretch in 2013 but remains the ace of the staff. He is not eligible for free agency until 2015, but has been the subject of trade rumors this offseason.


Jeff Samardzija: I'm not close to long-term deal with Cubs


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/14/2014) The Cubs and ace Jeff Samardzija are apparently quite far apart in coming to an agreement on a contract extension.

"If there wasn't a gap, we would have already signed," he told CSNChicago.com. He added that his emotional attachment to the Cubs only goes so far.

The two sides avoided arbitration when Samardzija signed a one-year deal last week, but he is eligible for free agency after the 2015 season.


Report: Jeff Samardzija reaches agreement with Cubs


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/8/2014) Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija avoided arbitration Saturday by signing a one-year deal with $5.345 million, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The arbitration hearing was scheduled for Monday.

Samardzija received a bit more than half the difference in the offers. The team offered $4.4 million while he countered with $6.2 million. He finished last season with an 8-13 record and 4.34 ERA, but exceded 200 innings and 200 strikeouts for the first time in his career.


Cubs, Jeff Samardzija still working through arbitration


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/31/2014) Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija is still working through arbitration with the team, according to 670 The Score.

Samardzija said the two sides are still trying to work out a deal. He said they were just $100,000 apart earlier this week. Samardzija posted a 4.34 ERA in 213 2/3 innings.


Mariners could trade for a starting pitcher


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2014) The Mariners trading for a starting pitcher remains a possibility, according to FOX Sports.

However, the team doesn't appear to be targeting Rays starting pitcher David Price or Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija. The pitchers the Mariners might be targeting remains unclear.


Cubs, Jeff Samardzija far apart on long-term deal


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2014) The Cubs and starter Jeff Samardzija remain far apart on a long-term deal, according to Comcast SportsNet Chicago on Sunday. However, Samardzija is still two years away from becoming a free agent and both side hopes they can find common ground before he hits the market.

Another possibility is that the Cubs could hold onto Samardzija until closer to the July 31 trade deadline. Samardzija posted a 4.34 ERA in 213 2/3 innings last season.


Jeff Samardzija not concerned about trade rumors


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/25/2013) Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija is not worried about trade rumors, according to the CSN.

Samardzija is aware of trade rumors, but believes things may be overblown. "This is strictly just a feel, (but) I don’t think it’s as dire as what it’s all being made out to be." He went on to add, "they’re listening and that’s what any team would do on any player." He said he's not upset with the organization for listening to offers. 

The free-agent market is still full of pitchers, so the Cubs are willing to wait before they move Samardzija. Samardzija had a 4.34 ERA in 213 2/3 innings last season.


Braves unwilling to meet price for Jeff Samardzija, David Price


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2013) The Braves were unwilling to meet the Rays' asking price of pitcher Alex Wood, catcher Christian Bethancourt and at least two other top prospects to acquire David Price, nor were they willing to trade outfielders Justin Upton or Jason Heyward in a package for Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija, MLB.com reports.

The Braves instead signed Gavin Floyd to a one-year deal rather than trade multiple significant pieces to acquire a proven ace. It appears to be a seller's market with regards to starting pitching that could potentially be traded this offseason.


Cubs ask Blue Jays for top two pitching prospects for Samardzija


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2013) The Cubs have offered to trade pitcher Jeff Samardzija to the Blue Jays for prospect pitchers Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman as well as a third player, the Toronto Sun reports. However, the Blue Jays aren't willing to meet that asking price.

"I don’t know if I could quantify how far off that they might be," Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. "We continue to have dialogue, so if you want to look at that as encouraging, I don’t know. It’s not so far out of the realm that we won’t continue to have talks."

Sanchez, 21, went 4-5 with a 3.34 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 75:40 K:BB ratio in 86 1/3 innings with high Class A Dunedin last season. Stroman, 22, went 9-5 with a 3.30 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 129:27 K:BB ratio in 111 2/3 innings with Double-A New Hampshire.