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Jeff Samardzija | Starting Pitcher

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (29) / 1/23/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Jeff Samardzija pitched well in Friday's loss to the Reds, allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits over seven strong innings.
Samardzija punched out seven on the afternoon while walking two. Despite a 1.29 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 22/7 K/BB ratio over 28 innings in his first four starts, he sits without a victory at 0-2. He'll try to tally that first win on Wednesday when he battles the Diamondbacks at home. Apr 18 - 6:35 PM

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Jeff Samardzija tossed seven innings of one-run ball Friday against the Cardinals.

Samardzija was handed a no-decision after Jose Veras blew the save in the ninth inning. It's too bad, as he deserved a better fate. But hey, at least the Cubs finally scored a run for him. Samardzija held the Cardinals to six hits and no walks and struck out four batters. With a 1.29 ERA through three starts, it looks like a rebound campaign is in store.
Apr 12 - 1:02 AM

Jeff Samardzija yielded two runs over seven innings Saturday in a loss to the Phillies.

Samardzija gave up six hits (including a solo homer to Chase Utley) and three walks (one of them intentional) while striking out eight batters. It was a fine start, but Cliff Lee was just a little bit better. Samardzija had a 4.34 ERA in 33 starts last season, but he misses plenty of bats and is a fine bet for a rebound.
Apr 5 - 5:36 PM

Cubs president Theo Epstein indicated Monday that the club has no plans to negotiate a contract extension with Jeff Samardzija during the season.

"We talked about it early in spring training," Epstein said. "We indulged the questions. Right now we're just focused on the games and just going out and winning." The two sides were reportedly far apart when they were talking, so it's not a surprise that talks won't be rekindled soon. At this point, Samardzija seems more likely to be traded than extended. He's set to hit free agency after the 2015 season.
Mar 31 - 10:35 PM

Jeff Samardzija tossed seven scoreless innings in a no-decision Monday afternoon against the Pirates.

The Cubs wound up losing on a walkoff home run by Pirates second baseman Neil Walker. Samardzija did his part, fanning three batters and holding the Bucs to five hits over his seven nearly-spotless frames. He'll try to keep the good times rolling next time out when he takes on the Phillies at Wrigley Field.
Mar 31 - 4:36 PM

Jeff Samardzija surrendered one run in three innings of work in Wednesday's start against the D'Backs.

Samardzija gave up four hits and struck out two in the effort. The right-hander has had a forgettable spring, as he owns a 5.14 ERA in 21 Cactus League innings. He'll make the Opening Day start for the Cubs against the Pirates.
Mar 26 - 5:25 PM

Jeff Samardzija gave up two runs in 5 1/3 innings in his start against the Mariners on Thursday.

The lone run came on a sacrifice fly by Kyle Seager. Overall, Samardzija gave up six hits and walked two while striking out eight. The right-hander hasn't exactly posted great results in the Cactus League, but he now appears to be ready to make his start on Opening Day for the Cubs.
Mar 20 - 5:47 PM

Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM and 670thescore.com reports that the Diamondbacks "will look for a top starter" and the Jeff Samardzija trade talks "may be revisited."

The D'Backs talked to the Cubs about a deal for Samardzija at last year's trade deadline and rekindled the discussion over the offseason. It appears the injury to Patrick Corbin might prompt them to revisit the negotiations again. Samardzija will make $5.345 million this season and will be arbitration-eligible for a final time next winter. The Cubs have had extension talks with him but so far haven't gotten anywhere.
Mar 17 - 11:58 AM

Jeff Samardzija allowed four runs on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings against the Royals Saturday.

The right-hander didn’t have his best day, also issuing three free passes. Two of the seven hits left the yard, raising his spring ERA to 6.39. It’s still spring, though, and the Cubs have already anointed Samardzija as their Opening Day starter.
Mar 15 - 7:10 PM

Cubs manager Rick Renteria named Jeff Samardzija his Opening Day starter Friday.

The start will come on March 31 in Pittsburgh. The other option for the Opening Day nod was Travis Wood, who will follow Samardzija in the second game in the Steel City. Samardzija holds a 4.10 ERA with 394 strikeouts over 388 1/3 innings the last two seasons since joining the Cubs' rotation.
Mar 14 - 12:17 PM

Jeff Samardzija allowed two runs in four innings in Monday's start against the Giants.

Samardzija allowed five hits, but struck out five and didn't issue a walk. Three of the five hits and both runs came in his final inning of work.
Mar 10 - 5:27 PM

Jeff Samardzija allowed three runs in three innings against the Rockies on Wednesday.

Samardzija allowed four hits and a walk while striking out one. The right-hander may become a trade chip for the Cubs at some point this season if a contract extension can't be hashed out.
Mar 5 - 5:53 PM

Jeff Samardzija held the D'Backs scoreless over two innings in his start on Thursday.

The right-hander allowed two hits and a walk while striking out two. Samardzija's name has surfaced in trade rumors throughout the off-season, but he's a Cub for now. He is hoping to improve on last year's 4.34 ERA in 213 2/3 innings.
Feb 27 - 6:04 PM

Two sources told Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times that the Cubs trading Jeff Samardzija before Opening Day is a "strong possibility."

A third source said that "no such talks are happening." Wittenmyer notes that the two sides "are no closer to finding common ground" on an extension and "in some ways are further apart." Samardzija will be arbitration-eligible for the final time next winter and, if no headway is made with a long-term contract, is a good bet to be dealt in July if not before the opener. The big right-hander holds a 4.10 ERA with 394 strikeouts over 388 1/3 innings the last two seasons since joining the Cubs' rotation.
Feb 24 - 11:13 PM

According to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, when asked about a potential contract extension Jeff Samardzija noted that while he has an "emotional attachment" to the Cubs, "that attachment only goes so far."

Samardzija, who is set to hit free agency after the 2015 season, reportedly rejected a five-year, $55 million deal from the Cubs in December. He also expressed disappointment over some personnel decisions that the Cubs have made, including the Scott Feldman trade in 2013. While the Cubs would like to lock up the hard-throwing right-hander, from the outset it doesn't appear as if he'll be willing to provide much of a hometown discount.
Feb 14 - 11:15 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Welington Castillo
2John Baker
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Darwin Barney
2Emilio Bonifacio
SS1Starlin Castro
3B1Mike Olt
2Luis Valbuena
LF1Junior Lake
CF1Ryan Sweeney
RF1Nate Schierholtz
2Justin Ruggiano
3Ryan Kalish
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jeff Samardzija
2Travis Wood
3Edwin Jackson
4Jake Arrieta
5Jason Hammel
6Carlos Villanueva
7James McDonald
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jose Veras
2Pedro Strop
3James Russell
4Wesley Wright
5Hector Rondon
6Kyuji Fujikawa
7Justin Grimm
8Blake Parker