Toronto registered a brutal 4.25 staff ERA in 2013, which ranked 25th in the major leagues.
The Cubs have discussed a long-term contract with Samardzjia, but coming to an agreement could be tough after a few up-and-down seasons. The 28-year-old former Notre Dame wideout had a 3.81 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 180/56 K/BB ratio in 174 2/3 innings with Chicago in 2012. He then posted a 4.34 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 214/78 K/BB ratio across 213 2/3 frames in 2013.
Teams have inquired about StarterJeff Samardzija. Source: Toronto putting together package of young players.
— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) November 23, 2013
Alex Anthopolous won't comment on specifics but they are exploring starters with teams…we have NOT made an offer to anybody regarding a SP
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) November 24, 2013