Jeff Samardzija doesn’t have a Twitter account and he doesn’t check MLBTradeRumors.com, but he knows his name has been thrown all over the Internet.

The questions will come up when the Samardzija family gathers on Christmas Day in Valparaiso, Ind. The same way Cubs fans want to know: When are you getting traded?

This situation is becoming a flashpoint for the Theo Epstein administration and an organization that’s now being run like a small-market business. Maybe it’s wishful thinking, but returning home to Chicago for the holidays reinforces Samardzija’s hope that something can be worked out with the Cubs.

“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,” Samardzija said. “I understand things need to be written and stories need to be put on paper. But I think if you look at the whole picture, it’s been pretty mild with everything that’s going on.

“They’re listening and that’s what any team would do on any player. I just feel like there’s still that common ground of what we both want to do.”