The Chicago Cubs recently dangled right-hander Jeff Samardzija in front of teams looking to bolster their rotations, but didn't get the response they were looking for. As a result, the club has decided to rein the right-hander back in and potentially test the market again in the fall, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
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The team is still interested in signing Shark to a long-term extension, but the two sides were so far apart on negotiations this spring -- Samardzija turned down a five-year offer -- that Chicago opted to at least test the trade waters. The Cubbies weren't looking to send the right-hander away at the deadline unless they were "bowled over" by a trade package of "frontline prospects," according to Heyman, which apparently never happened.
The next step for the Cubs and Samardzija, who still has two seasons of team control left after this year, will be to try finding common ground on an extension again this fall. If they cannot come to an agreement in the offseason, then Samardzija may be back on the trading block.
Samardzija, 28, is in his second season as a full-time starter for the Cubs. After struggling with his control in the bullpen for four seasons, the right-hander broke onto the scene in 2012 by posting a 3.81 earned-run average and striking out better than a batter per inning over 28 starts. He has done more of the same this year -- 3.75 ERA, 9.1 Ks per nine -- so he should draw significant interest in the offseason if he does re-emerge as a trading chip.