Jeff Samardzija RUMORS & NEWS

  • 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

  • Braves interested in trading for Jeff Samardzija?

    Fansided "The Atlanta Braves starting pitching rotations looks like something from a MASH unit. From Kris Medlen possibly having ligament damage to Brandon Beachy having elbow issues, the Braves are simply in damage control right now doing what they can to keep the wheels from falling off. They’ve..." March 11

  • 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

  • Cubs won’t trade Jeff Samardzija until deadline

    Fansided "The Chicago Cubs and starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija still remain far apart on contract talks, which has lead to speculation that Chicago will move their ace. And while that still may be true, for now it appears as if the Cubs are content keeping him on their roster. According to CSN Chicago,..." January 12

  • 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 "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 "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 "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 "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 "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

  • Young players emerging as leaders for Cubs

    Chicago Tribune "Ryan Dempster and Kerry Wood are long gone, and a new breed of leaders has emerged in the Cubs clubhouse. President Theo Epstein cited Anthony Rizzo and Jeff Samardzija as two examples. "And (Starlin) Castro is showing he's in that group in his own way," Epstein said. "When you play 162..." April 04

  • Samardzija at his best in Cubs opener

    Chicago Tribune "Jeff Samardzija was in the news near the end of camp when Theo Epstein told a reporter the right-hander dumped his girlfriend last year to prove he was committed to becoming a starter. If Samardzija continues to dominate the way he did Monday during the Cubs' 3-1 opening-day victory over the..." April 02

  • Samardzija twirls opening gem as Cubs stifle Bucs "So much for Spring Training. Anthony Rizzo, who didn't hit a home run in any Cactus League games, launched the first pitch he saw in the regular season out of PNC Park for a two-run blast to power the Cubs to a 3-1 victory Monday over the Pirates. Jeff Samardzija (1-0) outdueled A.J. Burnett..." April 01

  • Long before Opening Day, Samardzija felt weight of Cubs franchise on his shoulders

    CSN Chicago "Jeff Samardzija felt the weight of the franchise on his broad shoulders from the moment he signed that big contract. So while there may be some symbolism and extra adrenaline on Opening Day, he’s always internalized that pressure. When Samardzija decided to focus on baseball and give up his NFL..." April 01

  • Cubs’ Samardzija never doubted path he was taking

    Daily Herald "No doubt there are many Cubs fans who never thought they'd see Jeff Samardzija starting on Opening Day for the team. But through a series of events and Samardzija's own hard work and perseverance, he's scheduled to be on the PNC Park mound in Pittsburgh on Monday as the Cubs begin the 2013..." March 28

  • Samardzija: Absence of 'me' players will help Cubs

    Chicago Tribune "Jeff Samardzija like what he’s seen in Chicago Cubs camp this year, saying a new “attitude” in the clubhouse should lead to improved play on the field. “It’s been great,” he said. “I couldn’t even tell you our record to tell you the truth, but I’ve noticed from the games I’ve watched and here..." March 27

  • Samardzija clarifies story on dumping girlfriend for shot at rotation

    Chicago Tribune "Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija’s love life is something he’d just as soon keep to himself. But Samardzija was forced to clarify a story told by president Theo Epstein that he got rid of a girlfriend in order to commit to making the Cubs’ rotation. According to the article on Epstein by..." March 22

  • Cubs, Samardzija want deal, but remain far apart in talks "The Chicago Cubs' new regime is all about acquiring and holding onto big assets that can one day make them a powerhouse organization. Which is why they've made two runs at locking up opening-day starter Jeff Samardzija -- though for now there's a sizable enough gap that talks appear to be on..." March 16

  • Samardzija turns a corner with Opening Day approaching

    CSN Chicago "Three weeks before he takes the mound on Opening Day in Pittsburgh, Jeff Samardzija moved closer to being ready for the Cubs' first game that counts. While Samardzija's line -- 4 2/3 innings, 4 earned runs, 4 hits, 2 walks and 2 home runs allowed -- wasn't what he'll look for in 21 days, he..." March 12

  • Samardzija excited about opening-day start

    Chicago Tribune "After announcing that Matt Garza will start the season on the disabled list Sunday, manager Dale Sveum revealed the obvious. Former Notre Dame football star Jeff Samardzija will be the Cubs' opening-day starter on April 1 in Pittsburgh. It has been a long and crooked road for Samardzija..." March 04

  • Cubs’ Jeff Samardzija to start Opening Day

    Chicago Sun-Times "It was probably the inevitable choice regardless, but when Matt Garza’s latest setback eliminated the final doubt, Jeff Samardzija was named the Cubs’ Opening Day starter by manager Dale Sveum on Sunday. It’s a career first for the former Notre Dame football star, who last season made a..." March 03

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    Jeff Samardzija named @Cubs’ #OpeningDay starter; Matt Garza will likely miss 1st month of season

  • Samardzija knows Cubs need fast start (or else)

    CSN Chicago "Beyond the symbolism of Opening Day, Jeff Samardzija knows the Cubs have to get off to a fast start. Or else. Because this front office isn’t going to hesitate if it looks like they should be sellers at the trade deadline. After Friday’s 6-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks at HoHoKam Stadium,..." March 02

  • Cubs' Samardzija working out kinks

    Chicago Tribune "Jeff Samardzija's second spring start Friday included a couple of hiccups, like letting former Cubs outfielder Brad Snyder cruise into second on a steal before the ball had left Samardzija's hand. It happened in the third inning of a 6-2 loss to the Diamondbacks at HoHoKam Stadium, after..." March 02

  • Samardzija could ride momentum into Opening Day start

    CSN Chicago "Reporters used to ask Jeff Samardzija questions about the worst-case, what-if scenarios, handicapping his chances to make the team or the rotation, wondering how he’d react to the idea of going to the bullpen. Now the discussions are about long-term contract extensions and what it would mean..." February 25

  • Samardzija off to strong start this spring "With several Chicago Cubs already suffering injuries in camp (Matt Garza, Ian Stewart, Josh Vitters) and others working their way back from previous injuries (Scott Baker), if there is one player seemingly ready for the regular season -- and possibly a big one -- it’s pitcher Jeff Samardzija...." February 25

  • Cubs Samardzija to Follow Footsteps of NFL Ravens Joe Flacco?

    Cubbies Crib "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..." February 13

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