Despite the fact that contract talks between the Chicago Cubs and Jeff Samardzija were believed to have stalled in the winter, a new report indicates that the Cubs have rekindled negotiations with Samardzija.
According to a report by Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun Times, the Cubs have approached Samardzija with a contract offer that would solidify the starting pitcher into the core along with first baseman Anthony Rizzo and shortstop Starlin Castro.
[Chicago Sun Times]
But even as the Cubs continue early trade talks with some teams about Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija, they also have quietly reached out to Samardzija with a new offer on a contract that would keep him in Chicago as long as Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo, according to multiple sources.
With the trade season heating up, it is no surprise that a report like this surfaces.
Everyone and their grandmothers expect the Cubs to trade Samardzija prior to the July 31 trade deadline.
The Cubs needed to create leverage in their trade discussions regarding Samardzija.
Therefore, a Cubs’ official likely leaked the news of a new contract offer for Samardzija in order to give the team more leverage in their attempt to trade the starting pitcher.
Samardzija, who has a 2.77 ERA and a 2.95 FIP through 14 starts this season, has blossomed this season into the type of starting pitcher that the Cubs have been looking for to fit their long-term plan. The issue is that Samardzija has been reluctant to sign a contract extension prior to reaching free agency. That is the largest reason why Samardzija likely will be wearing a new uniform come August 1.
Samardzija takes the mound for the Cubs tonight against the Miami Marlins.