Cubs Won’t Trade Samardzija

The Chicgo Cubs have determined they aren’t going to get the required blockbuster package for righty Jeff Samardzija, writes Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, so they’ll make a third attempt to extend him this winter. Should that fail, “a trade will become much more likely.”

Samardzija, 28, has a 3.75 ERA, 9.1 K/9, 3.4 BB/9, 0.94 HR/9, and 48.5% groundball rate in 144 innings this year. Those are solid numbers, and he has the repertoire of an ace, but so far Samardzija’s control hasn’t taken a leap forward as it appeared earlier this season (in fact, it’s been worse than last year). The Cubs control Samardzija for two more years after 2013.

Source: MLB Trade Rumors