Sep 17, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija pitches in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Samardzija Is Opening Day Starter For Now


Jeff Samardzija had been one of the most talked about players at the winter meetings.  Well, until Cubs President of Baseball Operations, Theo Epstein, put all those rumors to bed.

“The situation now is Jeff’s our Opening Day starter and that’s how we’re moving forward.” – Theo Epstein, mlb.com

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to people following this situation.  Samardzija still has two years left on his contract and the Cubs aren’t going to move him just to move him.  The price has to be right if the Cubs are going to move their talented right hander.  It has been kind of frustrating that the Cubs still have not made any major moves, but the Cubs won’t make moves just to make moves, clearly the price hasn’t been right for any of their available players.

They’ve been close to trading for a couple of players, but so far it’s been no cigar.

Part of me thinks that Epstein said what he said just so Cub fans aren’t sitting around waiting for the news on Jeff.  It seems like the first three days of the Winter Meetings have been brutal for Cub fans everywhere.

I know that it hasn’t been the easiest last three days for myself, constantly checking Twitter to see if Samardzija had been moved, or if any moves had been made at all.

So far there hasn’t been much noise on the Cubs’ end at the Winter Meetings.  With two days left I don’t see the Cubs making any moves that will be noteworthy.

Sorry Cub fans.

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