I am not big on jumping on my laptop right away to over-analyze someone else's news.
However, Gordon Wittenmeyer's little tidbit about the Cubs making another attempt at re-signing Jeff Samardzija...well that had me interested enough to dig a little further. When it comes to Samardzija, I've written recently that it would be a prudent thing if the Cubs could find a way to keep him in the fold.
I checked around because my antenna went up telling me immediately this could be posturing by the front office to solidify Samardzija's value.
But the consensus I've gotten is this is a real thing. There are real talks happening.
It is a far cry from realistically getting done, however. The two sides may indeed still be too far apart. It seems Shark's camp will not settle for anything less (or possibly more I hear) than Homer Bailey dough (or is it d'oh?).
It was not immediately clear how high the Cubs have gone, or what their walkaway figure is. One source suggested it would take something close to the $17.5 million annual value of Cincinnati pitcher Homer Bailey’s six-year contract signed during the spring to persuade Samardzija to commit to an extension, especially without a no-trade clause.
Samardzija, who had the best ERA in the majors through May, takes a 2.77 ERA into his 15th start of the season Tuesday in Miami.
If you asked me at the beginning of the season, I would've said no way, no how. Yet, as Wittenmeyer pointed out, Samardzija is starting to emerge as a real top-of-the-rotation performer.
If the Cubs are indeed intent on adding this off-season, coupled with the re-emergence of Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo, re-signing Shark could go along way towards pushing the Cubs rebuild into the next phase and rallying a fanbase that is begging for something be excited about.
Recently I had also heard rumors of San Francisco throwing themselves heavily into the Shark mix and possibly offering up star prospect Kyle Crick. Let's put it this way: there may be a reason the rumors weren't shot down right away.
So, the Cubs will probably still end up dealing their ace pitcher, and they probably will get a considerable return. However, I would still like to see Samardzija stick around and be coupled with a free-agent pitching acquisition such as John Lester or Justin Masterson.
You can't always get what you want. Hopefully the Cubs get what they need in return.
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