On Tuesday, news came out that up and coming starter Jeff Samardzija had turned down a recent extension offer from the Chicago Cubs. The former Notre Dame college wide out reiterated that he wanted to remain a Cub, but according to the pitcher “It’s early right now. I still haven’t proven myself where I want to be as a player. I was happy last year but I don’t want to stay there. I want to improve and get better.”

“It’s early right now. I still haven’t proven myself where I want to be as a player. I was happy last year but I don’t want to stay there. I want to improve and get better.”

Those are some refreshing words to hear from a modern day athlete, in an age where professional sports players are almost synonymous with money and greed. It is also a positive reflection of Samardzija’s attitude of not settling on just one year of success. Players with that type of character and drive are exactly the mold with which this current Cubs front office will want to build their roster core out of. These comments from The Shark also make you wonder if there is something he knows that we do not, but the bottom line is that Samardzija is only looking to build on his success from 2012.