Leading 5-2 with newly anointed closer Pedro Strop on the hill, things where looking good for starter Jeff Samardzija. Leaving with the lead, the 29-year-old pitcher watched the bullpen give up 5 runs in the ninth in a 7-5 loss.
There aren’t many long-tenured stalwarts or stars for the Cubs, but the chemistry is still clicking.
Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer insists the team wants Samardzija if contract numbers work out.
A starting rotation of Sale-Samardzija-Quintana-Wood-Danks is solid.
Jeff Samardzija says the Cubs “got to stay in it and keep fighting” all season.
Samardzija will start the Cubs’ season opener against the Pirates.
Travis Wood will start the Cubs’ home opener on April 4 against the Phillies.
Jeff Samardzija will make one more start and then have five days rest before the opener.
Fifteen scouts were in attendance to watch Samardzija work Thursday, a sign a trade is perhaps on the way.
Cubs righty Jeff Samardzija is could be an ideal fit for Arizona, which wants another quality arm.
After his outing against Kansas City, Jeff Samardzija will have two more Cactus league starts on March 20 and March 25. The 29-year-old pitcher built his pitch count up against a KC lineup that included 6 starting players.
Samardzija isn’t worried about the inclement weather that may await in Pittsburgh.
The youngsters have been sent back down, giving us a better idea of what lies ahead.
The guys will lots of free agency, the Michael Bush cut and speculate why Dante Rosario could’ve gotten released so quickly.
Manager Rick Renteria still hasn’t named his Opening Day starter.
Jeff Samardzija wants to show he can be consistent for an entire season.
At least four other MLB clubs have their eyes on Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija.
Jeff Samardzija wants to be paid like an ace, so he’s got his sights set on being a star.
Jeff Samardzija would like to remain a Cub, but a gap remains in contract negotiations.
Despite repeated efforts, the Cubs and Jeff Samardzija haven’t agreed to a long-term deal. What will it take?