Jeff Samardzija can see the big picture coming into focus for the Chicago Cubs.
They're about to begin their second season with Theo Epstein leading the front office, and the right-hander believes the pieces are starting to fall into place.
Samardzija said he ''absolutely'' likes what he's seeing from management, and he wasn't referring to the one-year contract he agreed to on Friday. He sees a team coming off a 101-loss season that just might surprise a few people.
''You understand that they care and that they're making their decisions,'' he said Friday at the Cubs' annual fan convention. ''Obviously, some of those decisions are hard decisions. That's why there are only certain people making them. Yeah, I like what they're doing. They're winners.''
A year ago, optimism on the north side was as heavy as a slice of deep dish pizza.
Epstein, the man who built two championship winners in Boston, had just taken over as president of baseball operations and was leading a front office...