Samardzija talks about contract situation
MESA, Ariz. – Jeff Samardzija’s laid-back personality extends beyond the baseball field where he’s quickly becoming one of the Cubs’ core pieces to build around.
Samardzija’s breakout 2012 season could have been used as a springboard to a new, long-term deal. But ahead of the pitchers and catchers’ first official spring training workout, Samardzija, who signed a one-year deal worth $2.64 million to avoid arbitration, wasn’t concerned about reaching a new deal with the Cubs.
He was all smiles discussing his contract situation even though Samardzija said the Cubs haven’t discussed a new contract in months. He turned down reportedly a five-year deal during the offseason. For both sides, waiting it out to see how Samardzija handles more innings after a career-high innings pitched appears to be the best strategy.
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