Jeff Samardzija RUMORS & NEWS

  • A's adamant about keeping Donaldson, will listen on pitchers

    Fox Sports "First things first: The Oakland Athletics do not plan to trade third baseman Josh Donaldson, according to major-league sources. The A's would listen if teams inquired on pitchers such as right-hander Jeff Samardzija and lefty Scott Kazmir. However, they will not shop either and are adamant..." November 05

  • Jeff Samardzija doesn’t have second thoughts about Cubs

    CSN Chicago "What else is Jeff Samardzija supposed to say? The dude has no idea what’s going to happen after the 2015 season. He’s trying to win a World Series ring with the Oakland A’s now. But he rolled with the question when someone asked if there’s at least a thought he could someday come back to..." September 09

  • Jeff Samardzija has ‘no hard feelings’ for Cubs

    Chicago Sun-Times "Sitting in a clubhouse that has hosted more raw sewage than playoff celebrations during his career, Jeff Samardzija can finally breathe. “It’s fun, man. It’s great,” the former Cubs pitcher says of the new surroundings in Oakland. “It’s exciting.” If that says something about the pennant..." July 24

  • Samardzija a great trade chip, but can he bring twice as much as Garza?

    CBSSports.com "After seeing Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija's frustration boil over to the point where he snapped a bat in half over his knee in his latest good-start, bad-result performance, the thought that immediately jumps to mind is this: get this poor fellow out of Chicago. However, it isn't as simple as it..." June 27

  • Cubs make Samardzija an offer he can refuse; trade to contender looms

    CBSSports.com "The Cubs did indeed recently present star righthanded pitcher Jeff Samardzija with a new five-year contract offer. However, the chances of Samardzija signing the new proposal amount to something akin to the outmanned, out-of-it Cubs winning the World Series this year. If the odds are slightly..." June 19

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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    Source: Giants and Royals each had a high-level scout in Miami last night to evaluate Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija.

  • Samardzija available for trade, despite Cubs’ contract offer

    Chicago Sun-Times "Despite making a final run at a contract extension with ace Jeff Samardzija, the Cubs continue to make it clear to teams looking for pitching that he is available in trade. Officials from four teams said this week the Cubs have told other teams that Samardzija and pitcher Jason Hammel are..." June 18

  • Cubs talking again to Jeff Samardzija about multiyear extension

    Chicago Sun-Times "With the Cubs’ top two trading chips of the summer pitching the first two games of this series against the Miami Marlins, scouts from contenders and hopefuls started to gather like tropical storm clouds at Marlins Park on Monday. But even as the Cubs continue early trade talks with some teams..." June 17

  • Report: Cubs start Samardzija trade talks

    ESPN Chicago "The Chicago Cubs have talked with multiple teams about trades involving ace Jeff Samardzija and veteran starter Jason Hammel, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Citing multiple sources, the Sun-Times reported that the Cubs may already have begun fielding trade offers from multiple teams. The..." June 17

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    The #SFGiants are showing strong interest in #Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija. Also in picture are #Yankees, #Orioles, #Angels, #RedSox, #Bluejays.

  • Report: Cubs Ask For Draft Pick In Samardzija Deal

    Real GM Baseball "It was reported Monday morning that the Chicago Cubs have asked about acquiring a competitive balance-round draft pick and the associated bonus slot money as part of a package for Jeff Samardzija. Major League teams are only allowed to swap competitive balance picks, would give Chicago an extra..." June 04

  • Blue Jays more likely to play for Shields than Samardzija this summer

    CBSSports.com "There's been a lot of Blue Jays buzz regarding their potential to acquire Cubs star Jeff Samardzija, but as things stand Toronto expects to focus more this summer on "rental" pitchers, as it wants to avoid gutting its farm system. With rentals the expected preference, Royals star James Shields..." May 31

  • Orioles Interested In Samardzija?

    CBSChicago.com "The Baltimore Orioles appear to be the leading team of interest in the Jeff Samardzija sweepstakes. Sources confirmed the two teams are mutually interested. With the American League East up for grabs, the Orioles could separate themselves from the pack with a pre-emptive move before the trading..." May 28

  • Samardzija forcing his way into All-Star conversation

    CSN Chicago "Jeff Samardzija’s mind-bending winless streak is finally over. He’s still thrown his name into the All-Star conversation, whether or not he’ll still be wearing a Cubs uniform by then. “I’m not a big accolades guy,” Samardzija said. “I’m not a big goals guy. Outside of 200-plus innings, I don’t..." May 28

  • Overdue win for Jeff Samardzija a relief to Cubs

    Chicago Tribune "Jeff Samardzija received a beer shower Monday, a tradition typically reserved for a pitcher who earns his first major league victory. But with the Cubs as relieved as Samardzija to see the ace's 16-start winless drought end, it was time to let the suds fly. "We snuck it in on him," Darwin..." May 27

  • Samardzija, Giants might be a good fit

    ESPN Chicago "On a recent Baseball Tonight podcast, ESPN reporter Buster Olney and prospects guru Keith Law discussed the possibility of Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija ending up with the San Francisco Giants this season. While there’s no real information the Giants have interest just yet, the idea..." May 27

  • Should Marlins make run at Samardzija?

    MLB.com "You don’t just replace Jose Fernandez. The 21-year-old is too talented, and possesses too many intangibles. His energy and competitiveness are contagious. Every aspect of Fernandez will be missed now that he is on the disabled list with a right elbow sprain. Every indication is the young ace..." May 13

  • 'Grown man' Samardzija says front office has no place in pitch count issues

    CBSSports.com "In what was an obvious attempt to help get him his first win of the season, Cubs manager Rick Renteria let right-hander Jeff Samardzija throw career-high 126 pitches earlier on Monday. He held the White Sox to one unearned run in nine innings but wound up with a no decision when the game went to..." May 08

  • GM: Not a certainty Samardzija will be dealt

    ESPN Chicago "Chicago Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Tuesday that it's not a certainty that pitcher Jeff Samardzija will be traded, but league sources indicate there hasn't been any progress in contract discussions. After allowing one unearned run in nine innings of a no-decision in a 3-1 loss to the..." May 06

  • Cubs' Samardzija terse on future after final spring tuneup

    Chicago Tribune "From his performance to his teammates to his personal goals for 2014, Jeff Samardzija expanded on several topics Wednesday. But the status of his future wasn't one of them. Samardzija gave a terse reply when asked whether he believed there could be time for a contract extension before the..." March 27

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    Bruce Levine @MLBBruceLevine

    Arizona will look for a top starter. Samardzija talks may be revisited. Story @670TheScore

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    Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

    Jeff Samardzija is opening day pitcher . Followed by Wood, per Rick Renteria

  • Samardzija trade rumors won’t go away

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Cubs are no closer to finding common ground on a potential contract extension with pitcher Jeff ­Samardzija than they were a year ago. In some ways, they’re further apart. He is considered the club’s top commodity for the July trade market, but could he be dealt before the season starts in..." February 25

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    Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

    Samardzija settles for 2014. $5.345 mil . Avoids arbitration

  • Samardzija: Cubs would send strong message by signing Tanaka

    CSN Chicago "Jeff Samardzija is tired of hearing about rebuilding. He wants to know if the Cubs will be able to sign Masahiro Tanaka. “It changes that timeline,” Samardzija said. “I’ve mentioned my frustration with that ‘R-word’ before. You bring him in – that ‘R-word’ essentially kind of disintegrates.”..." January 18

  • Braves pursue Samardzija, advance other talks at meetings

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves were one of the few teams that left the Winter Meetings without making a significant trade or free-agent signing. In fact, they made no move at all. Still, general manager Frank Wren seemed pleased with progress made on several fronts and said the work could culminate in a deal or..." December 12

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    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    Hearing the #cubs plan to do some serious listening on Jeff Samardzija at winter meetings. #callingallshoppers

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    Bruce Levine @MLBBruceLevine

    Let me be clear ,Theo never mentioned any contract figure . Another source has indicted the Cub offer is higher than 5 yrs $55. Mil.

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    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    Hearing the #cubs plan to do some serious listening on Jeff Samardzija at winter meetings. #callingallshoppers

  • Cubs tender contracts to Samardzija, Barney

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs retained the rights of nine arbitration eligible players, led by pitcher Jeff Samardzija and second baseman Darwin Barney. How long they remain with the Cubs could be dictated by the trade market and the progress of their top prospects. Samardzija, one of the Cubs’ top trade chips,..." December 03

  • Cubs to let market play out on Samardzija

    Gammons Daily "The Cubs endgame on Jeff Samardzija is to let the market play out. Several teams including the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays have called on the righthander who will be 29 come January 25, but the Cubs’ feeling is that when the Masahiro Tanaka posting saga has played itself out and the free agent..." November 29

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    Bruce Levine @MLBBruceLevine

    Teams have inquired about StarterJeff Samardzija. Source: Toronto putting together package of young players.

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    David Kaplan @thekapman

    "We've had discussions w/Samardzija because we like him + want to keep him. We'll see where things go. We like hearing he wants to be here."

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    Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

    There is an expectation that the Jeff Samardzija/Arizona trade talks will continue. Cubs reaching point where they need a decision on him.

  • Samardzija aims for a final high note in season

    Chicago Tribune "As the Cubs await Monday's decision on the future of manager Dale Sveum and his coaching staff pitcher Jeff Samardzija looks forward to providing some security for himself and optimism for Cubs fans. "It's always felt like home no matter the changes I've had under a lot of different players and..." September 29

  • Samardzija still has work to do

    ESPN.com "Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija has compiled an impressive list of accomplishments in 2013 and appears to have taken a step up toward the elite starters in the National League. While his 8-12 record with a 4.33 ERA doesn’t seem impressive a look at the entire body of his work is essential for an..." September 25

  • 6th inning dogs Cubs' Samardzija again, Reds beat Cubs 6-0

    Chicago Tribune "The learning process continues for Jeff Samardzija albeit a frustrating one. Samardzija was one out away from what he and manager Dale Sveum didn't believe was a bad outing Wednesday until pinch-hitter Jack Hannahan's three-run homer in the sixth inning. The eventual 6-0 loss to the Reds..." September 12

  • Samardzija admits contract talk distracting

    Chicago Tribune "Jeff Samardzija remains a key to the Cubs' future according to general manager Jed Hoyer. "He's a guy we'd love to try to build around" Hoyer said Saturday before the Cubs' 3-0 loss against the Dodgers. "We love his makeup his competitiveness his swagger his stuff. We obviously have had some..." August 04

  • Cubs will make Samardzija extension a top priority

    CSN Chicago "Jeff Samardzija’s competitiveness will spill over into any discussions about a long-term extension with the Cubs. After an All-American football career at Notre Dame – and years spent shuttling between the North Side and Triple-A Iowa – Samardzija believes he’s only scratching the surface of..." August 02

  • Cubs listened to offers for Jeff Samardzija

    ESPN.com "Although trade conversations really didn't go anywhere the Chicago Cubs did listen to offers for starter Jeff Samardzija before the non-wavier deadline expired Wednesday. In the real world of baseball business it is incumbent upon top executives to listen to offers on any and all of their..." July 31

  • No deal now, so Cubs will try to lock up or trade Samardzija in winter

    CBSSports.com "The Cubs have determined they aren't going to get the blockbuster package they sought for Jeff Samardzija right now so they will try again to lock him up or trade him in the winter. If a third attempt to sign him to a big extension fails in the offseason a trade will become much more..." July 31

  • Sveum: Samardzija deal 'not realistic'

    Chicago Tribune "Chicago Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija has shrugged off trade rumors and manager Dale Sveum said Sunday that any rumor about his right-hander being dealt is “silly.” Yet the Cubs listened to Arizona when the Diamondbacks asked their asking price for Samardzija and other teams have inquired as well...." July 30

  • Cubs' Price for Samardzija is sky high

    CBSSports.com "How high is the price on Cubs star right-hander Jeff Samardzija? Well the Cubs are basically requesting of teams that they "take whatever they want'' when it comes to a potential Samardzija deal. That may be a slight exaggeration but not much. The Cubs like Samardzija (6-9 3.94 with more..." July 29

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source says #Cubs indeed listening on Samardzija adds “asking price high as expected.”

  • Despite outcome, Samardzija's outing a success

    CSN Chicago "There was a lot of adversity to overcome for Jeff Samardzija Saturday night. First there was the nearly two-and-a-half-hour rain delay, and then, when things finally got going on the North Side, Samardzija’s second pitch was smacked for a leadoff homer off the bat of Gerardo Parra. And though..." June 02

  • Do Cubs need to give Samardzija a wake-up call?

    CSN Chicago "Does Jeff Samardzija need a wake-up call? The Cubs saw why their No. 1 starter could be heading toward a megadeal during Monday night’s two-hit shutout, hitting 96, 97 and 98 mph in the ninth inning. Samardzija loved beating the White Sox – a team he grew up rooting for – at U.S. Cellular..." May 29

  • Samardzija proves he’s city’s best, future of the Cubs

    Chicago Sun-Times "This is why Jeff Samardzija is the next guy the Cubs’ front office wants to lock up to a multiyear deal. It’s also why Samardzija has no intention of settling for a hometown discount, no matter how much he wants to stay in Chicago. As if an All-America football career spent getting slammed..." May 28

  • Samardzija two-hits the Sox as Cubs win 7-0

    CSN Chicago "When Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer met with the media pregame, much of the talk was on the team's ineffectiveness on offense. Five hours later, that narrative went out the window. For at least one night, anyways. On an unseasonably chilly evening at U.S. Cellular Field, the Cubs' bats were..." May 28

  • Samardzija goes 8 strong innings for 6-3 victory over Rockies

    Chicago Tribune "Not many people expected the Cubs to compete this year, so their 17-23 record 40 games into the season is no surprise. Even fewer thought they would go into the middle of May with only two combined victories from Jeff Samardzija and Edwin Jackson, the Nos. 1-2 pitchers in the rotation. The..." May 16

  • Samardzija: Soler has to control emotions

    ESPN.com "Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzjia had some tough words of advice for a potential future teammate in Jorge Soler, who was suspended five games Thursday for approaching an opponent's dugout wielding a bat during a Single-A game in Daytona Beach, Fla. "If you are going to come here to..." April 11

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