Found July 31, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
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Chicago Cubs fans can breathe a sigh of relief. Following a second straight July in which the Cubs have traded away their better starting pitchers, they have decided to hold onto starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija. CBS Sports.com' Jon Heyman reported the news late Wednesday morning. theres no trade to be made for jeff samardzija now. so #cubs will try to sign or trade this winter. http://t.co/vr7Bb2c61T — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 31, 2013 Holding onto Samardzija now will allow the Cubs to try to sign him to a long-term deal this coming offseason. Samardzija is still under team control for two more years. Two previous attempts have failed, and according to Heyman, if the two sides cannot reach an agreement on the third attemnpt, then an offseason trade is much more likely. Heyman described the last attempt at a deal: "The Cubs tried last winter to lock up Samardzija on a five-year deal for what was believed to be substantially more than Derek Holland's five year, $28.5-million but the sides were so far apart that the Cubs felt it necessary to see what he could bring in trade." Samardzija is 6-9 with a 3.75 ERA for the Cubs this year as the trade deadline approaches. As a starter since 2012, he has a losing win-loss record of 15-22 but with a 3.78 ERA. Poor offense and bullpen support have led to his losing record, but he and lefty teammate Travis Wood are considered front-line starters whom a team could build a rotation around. Teams asked about Samardzija, but Heyman stated the the Cubs "only intended to trade him now if they were absolutely bowled over." The Cubs may still make some other moves before 4:00 p.m. Outfielders Nate Schierholtz and David DeJesus and relievers Kevin Gregg, and James Russell have each garnered interest from several teams. Follow Raymond on Twitter @RayBureau. Like Raymond’s “Baseball Bureau” page on Facebook. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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