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According to Jed Hoyer,the Cubs were never close to trading Jeff Samardzija. They were demanding a significant package in return as you would expect. No team was willing to match that so the Cubs just kept Samardzija and plan to work out an extension with him this off-season. If the Cubs are unable to reach a deal with Samardzija, they may trade him according to multiple outlets. However, Samardzija is open to a contract extension and is willing to talk after the season.  A couple weeks ago I looked at a possible extension and how much it would cost. If Samardzija was a free agent after the season, which he is not, he could look for something like a 6-year, $94 million contract, or 7-year and $100 million.  Once you factor in his two additional arbitration years, it falls considerably. Something like this: Year Est. Salary Contract Value 2014 $6.00   2015 $9.00   2016 $17.48   2017 $15.37 $47.85 2018 $12.85 $60.71 2019 $9.87 $70.58 2020 $6.37 $76.94 I'd look ...
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