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Jeff Samardzija expects to be traded before deadline

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10:05 AM ET 02.15 | Get your tickets now if you're a Jeff Samardzija fan, and get a good look at the Cubs' Opening Day starter while you can. Because even he knows his Cubs career is on the clock as spring training opens. And he knows the 166 days until the trading deadline might be even a little optimistic in terms of how much time he has left with the Cubs. "All I can do is increase my value as much as possible, and I think in the end it's going to help the organization no matter what," he said Friday as the Cubs held their first official workouts of the spring. "Either it helps the organization by keeping me here and proving to them that I'm that guy, or I increase my value and it helps them get prospects in return." Samardzija, 29, avoided arbitration a week ago when he agreed to a one-year, $5.345 million deal. And he has another year of arbitration eligibility left. But after 16 months of stalemate on terms of a potential long-term contract, he was shopped over the winter and -- barring a sudden reversal of his status -- is poised to be traded before his trade value drops dramatically after the July 31 non-waiver deadline.

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February 15, 2014  10:51 AM ET

Samardzija may expect to be traded except no team would give on the cubs higher demands,
when his contract of one finish the cubs will sign him for another year,and so on is not like therre is a desperate team waiting!!

February 15, 2014  10:51 AM ET

If he was smart and I don't think he is, he would take advantage of what the Great City of Chicago has to offer him, off the Baseball Diamond!!!!

February 15, 2014  10:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Samardzija may expect to be traded except no team would give on the cubs higher demands, when his contract of one finish the cubs will sign him for another year,and so on is not like there is a desperate team waiting!!

fixed

February 15, 2014  10:59 AM ET

He gone.

February 15, 2014  11:17 AM ET

there is very little room for error and the cubs can't give themselves that type of luxury!!!

February 15, 2014  11:56 AM ET

If he starts the year with some strong performances he is, as he implies, in the Driver's Seat either way--trade or contract extension.
If he doesn't perform he's overpaid already.

February 15, 2014  04:03 PM ET

Samardzija has over played his hand already. His value will go down the more he pitches this year. Simply put, he is not THAT good for the money he wants.

February 15, 2014  04:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Samardzija may expect to be traded except no team would give on the cubs higher demands, when his contract of one finish the cubs will sign him for another year,and so on is not like therre is a desperate team waiting!!

And thee you have it. The only time he has great value to the Cubs is when they want to trade him. Contract? Not so much. There is a disconnect in all of that.

February 16, 2014  02:35 AM ET

a big blow for Angels higher expectations towards Mulder availability as a pitcher and as a starter,
earlier saturday Anaheim learned the shocking news about Mulder's major injury,meaning the halos lost the chance in fortify their rotation and now they are back to Cero expectations!!

February 16, 2014  02:41 AM ET

if the Angels thought that the two young pitchers whom they got through Trumbo's trade will be enough?the team better think again,Skagg from D'backs struggle mighty with the D"backs las year,
and Santiago from the white sox still shaky on every outing every five games to be a starter!!

 
February 16, 2014  09:49 AM ET
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the Angels

should this team trade or try to trade for Samardzija?but can they afford it as a Organization?
lets not forget they are thin in the farm system!

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