Deal on horizon for Cubs’ Samardzija?

SHARE Deal on horizon for Cubs’ Samardzija?

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Could Jeff Samardzija be on the verge of a multi-year contract offer from the Cubs?

“I’m not going to comment on it, but he’s had a great year and certainly he’s a guy we hope is in a Cubs’ uniform for a long time,” Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Wednesday when asked about the arbitration-eligible pitcher.

Samardzija, who turned a corner in his big-league career in 2011 with a strong season out of the bullpen, took an even bigger step this season in making a successful transition to the rotation as a powerful, consistent starter.

Hoyer, talking to reporters during the first day of general managers meetings at Indian Wells Resort, mentioned the value of locking up good, young, homegrown players to long-term deals early in their careers just before the subject of Samardzija was raised.

“He’s a great competitor, and I think he’s the kind of guy that teammates really look up to,” Hoyer said. “And I think he has the potential down the road to be a really good leader. …

“It’s hard to be a leader when you’re also trying to establish your career. But now that he’s had a really great season, I think he can probably be that guy. There’s nothing but positive things to say about the year he had, and getting to know him, he’s really impressive.”

The Cubs this season signed shortstop Starlin Castro to a seven-year, $60 million extension.

The Latest
Fifty years to the day since Title IX was signed into law, the longtime basketball coach remembered the women in his life who taught him to be the man he is.
Police have asked people to avoid the area of Remington Blvd. and Woodcreek Drive.
The personnel moves are too much to keep track of and absolutely exhausting, and that’s just for those of us lazing on the sofa.
However you’re logging your steps, the data from your device can be hard to interpret.
Terry wasn’t expected to go in the first round until the 20s, so jumping up to No. 18 overall had to make the Arizona product feel good. Not as good as at least five other teams that at least on paper had great drafts.