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Report: Cubs offer Jeff Samardzija more than $30M deal

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09:59 AM ET 03.17 | 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 hold. Word is, the Cubs' offer was "well above" the nearly $30 million, five-year deal the Rangers gave Derek Holland last spring, though with Samardzija a year closer to free agency (he has three years to go) and other factors, he's believe to be seeking something in an entirely different ballpark. One other factor includes the fact that Samardjzija, who had extra leverage as a Notre Dame football star with a potential NFL career looming, banked a huge $10.25 million signing bonus early (money well spent, it turns out). The other big factor, Cubs people suggest, is that Samardzija, who'll make $2.64 million this year, his first of arbitration eligibility, has an unsinkable belief in himself.

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March 17, 2013  11:08 AM ET

He's 21-22 with a 4.10 ERA over his career. He shouldn't set his sights overly high.

March 17, 2013  11:30 AM ET

Love it. This guy has career #4-5 starter written all over him.

March 17, 2013  11:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Love it. This guy has career #4-5 starter written all over him.

A naturally poor analysis coming from a Cardinal fan whose first gut reaction is to say something negative and misleading. He has made a significant turn his past two seasons.

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March 17, 2013  12:10 PM ET

I like this guy, and i like his stuff, but he is not a number 1 and probably never will be...number 2 sure, as long as he develops a true 3rd pitch option. But the 30M over 5 years is more than fair....i don't care what his belief in himself is.

March 17, 2013  12:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

A naturally poor analysis coming from a Cardinal fan whose first gut reaction is to say something negative and misleading. He has made a significant turn his past two seasons.

He had a 9-13 record with a 3.81 ERA last season. I wouldn't hold the win/loss record against him because, well...he's on the Cubs. However, his 3.81 ERA and 103 ERA+ don't look like the numbers you'd expect from a top-line starter.

March 17, 2013  12:26 PM ET

Money poorly spent.

March 17, 2013  12:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

He had a 9-13 record with a 3.81 ERA last season. I wouldn't hold the win/loss record against him because, well...he's on the Cubs. However, his 3.81 ERA and 103 ERA+ don't look like the numbers you'd expect from a top-line starter.

After last season he still shows the potential for improvement. They are still holding out for him to be their solid no. 2 starter. I wouldn't necessarily say their No. 1. And certainly no less than number 3. Samardzija is obviously banking on having a breakout season this year to raise those figures on an extention. If it doesn't work out quite as he had hoped he can always agree to their initial offer

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March 17, 2013  01:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

He is 28, not 22 or 23.

He's not exactly over the hill either. This season will reveal a lot about the direction he is headed

March 17, 2013  01:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Love it. This guy has career #4-5 starter written all over him.

He seems to have #1 stuff at times. If it all comes together between the ears, you never know.

March 17, 2013  05:03 PM ET

Man, I hate that stupid video with the scorpion cutting the chick's top off and the ugly car. Couldn't she have at least sat up at the end?

March 17, 2013  05:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Man, I hate that stupid video with the scorpion cutting the chick's top off and the ugly car. Couldn't she have at least sat up at the end?

I know. Crap!

March 17, 2013  05:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He's 21-22 with a 4.10 ERA over his career. He shouldn't set his sights overly high.

he's ccounting his chikens before they had hadched,i think this pitchers should develope more pitching arsenal in his reportorie when you lack in your arsenal as a pitcher, things could be getting harder than you even think,,,

March 17, 2013  05:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He's 21-22 with a 4.10 ERA over his career. He shouldn't set his sights overly high.

he should set his mind into the lower level first,,after all can't reach the top before falling,
does he its aware about the faillures and falls??

March 18, 2013  09:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

He had a 9-13 record with a 3.81 ERA last season. I wouldn't hold the win/loss record against him because, well...he's on the Cubs. However, his 3.81 ERA and 103 ERA+ don't look like the numbers you'd expect from a top-line starter.

Exactly my point, and exactly why I called in a 4 starter at best. Maybe he is a 3, I'll concede that, but $30M is pricey for this guy.

March 18, 2013  12:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Maybe he is a 3, I'll concede that

Now it's number 3. You might have said that from the beginning

 
March 18, 2013  12:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Now it's number 3. You might have said that from the beginning

Cardinal fans can sometimes admit that they are wrong, man =)

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