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A team offered Jeff Samardzija $100 million for some reason

Thursday's Say Hey, Baseball includes Jeff Samardzija's mystery team offer, David Price analysis and the value of an opt-out.

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Jeff Samardzija was supposed to be a bargain of sorts this offseason. He has had success in the past, but not so much that his terrible 2015 can be easily forgotten. Well, in theory, anyway, as teams negotiating with Shark have told ESPN's Jayson Stark that Samardzija is claiming to have a $100 million offer in hand. That, for a pitcher with one great season and a host of average or worse ones flanking it, is ridiculous. And let's not forget he was also given a qualifying offer, so draft pick compensation is part of the deal, too.

A $100 million deal for Samardzija is a huge risk, as it's based entirely on unfulfilled potential that teams believe he has. He's shown flashes of greatness, sure, but his greatest strength as a starter to this point has been his ability to soak up innings, and in his most recent campaign, those innings were terrible. There is value to eating up innings, but a raise and faith of this magnitude for a pitcher who just saw his strikeout rate drop while his homer rate jumped is questionable, at best.

Or, to put it another way: Grant Brisbee wrote a free agent prediction piece for Samardzija, and decided that the Marlins were the team weird enough to give Shark a long-term, lucrative contract. That prediction, though, was just for $77 million, so there is an MLB team out there who has bested a made-up contract value attached to a historically ridiculous franchise by $23 million or so. This, of course, assumes that Samardzija's camp is telling the truth. After his 2015, don't you think the first we heard of a $100 million offer would have been the moment he accepted it? After he tripped over himself to sign it, anyway? Maybe that really is his market, but one wonders if Shark is hurting himself by not taking this reported offer right now, before teams find something else to do with their money and roster space.