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07:15 AM ET 07.30 | Has the price on Cubs righty Jeff Samardzija climbed high enough to keep him off the market? 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 than a strikeout an inning) so much that it's hard to see them doing a deal. The only reason they're looking around at all is that Samardzija has shown little interest yet in doing a long-term deal, at least not one in the ballpark of what the Cubs offered. Another thing they love about Samardzija is his supreme confidence. ... The Diamondbacks are one team that's shown interest in Samardzija, but there are apparently several others.

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July 30, 2013  07:31 AM ET

Still maddeningly inconsistent. Shut teams out one day(like yesterday) but give up runs the next. Definitely worth keeping, but jury's still out on him. A little too full of himself not to sign a deal

July 30, 2013  08:25 AM ET

I'm not sure I see what the Cubs see. Don't get me wrong, he's a solid pitcher, if a bit inconsistent as Flea Biscuit pointed out, but I don't see what warrants the Cubs taking "whatever they want" in return. A 3.75 ERA is better than average, but he's 28 years old and is yet to pitch a full season.

Then again, I suppose I wouldn't expect the Cubs to say, "yeah, he's basically an average pitcher with some injury history, so I guess we'll take whatever we can get."

July 30, 2013  08:43 AM ET

He's clearly anticipating a FA deal, so his trade value has some limitations.

July 30, 2013  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I'm not sure I see what the Cubs see. Don't get me wrong, he's a solid pitcher, if a bit inconsistent as Flea Biscuit pointed out, but I don't see what warrants the Cubs taking "whatever they want" in return. A 3.75 ERA is better than average, but he's 28 years old and is yet to pitch a full season.Then again, I suppose I wouldn't expect the Cubs to say, "yeah, he's basically an average pitcher with some injury history, so I guess we'll take whatever we can get."

Agreed... At the end of the day, he just ain't all that.

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July 30, 2013  10:16 AM ET

the cubs have a better then average chance of not losing 100 games this year. if cubs continue to give away the house. they could be headed for another 100 loss season.

July 30, 2013  10:23 AM ET

The Cubs and Epstein gave big contracts to Rizzo and Castro while both are having so so years. they need to try and work out a deal with samardzija. If cubs do decide to field offers on him the Cubs need to get more then a couple of single A or Double A prospects.

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July 30, 2013  02:47 PM ET
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The Cubs and Epstein gave big contracts to Rizzo and Castro while both are having so so years. they need to try and work out a deal with samardzija. If cubs do decide to field offers on him the Cubs need to get more then a couple of single A or Double A prospects.

The Cubs gave Castro and Rizzo deals before this year, not while they were having their sub-par years. Samardzija will roll the dice with his arbitration, and likely won't sign any long term deal until after next season. He could go to FA, but whatever team he is on, if he wants to resign, hell wait until the final year of his deal and see what he can make.

July 30, 2013  04:32 PM ET

The price of everything is going up, what else is new?

 
July 30, 2013  08:19 PM ET

His first contract was inflated so his opinion is jaded. He's a pretty darned good pitcher, but let's not go overboard with his next deal.

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