Report: Cubs talk to pitcher Jeff Samardzija about multiyear extension
The Chicago Cubs have reached out to pitcher Jeff Samardzija about possibly signing a mulityear extension, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times.
The team avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.3 million deal with Samardzija in the offseason, but if he signs a new deal it could net him between $60-65 million.
Samardzija, 29, is just 2-6 with a 2.77 ERA and 1.18 WHIP this season for the Cubs, who are 29-39 and in last place in the National League Central.
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One source suggested it would take something close to the $17.5 million annual value of Cincinnati pitcher Homer Bailey’s six-year contract signed during the spring to persuade Samardzija to commit to an extension, especially without a no-trade clause