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jeff samardzija sharknadoFrom the first moment that Jeff Samardzija was mentioned in a trade rumor this season – a thin one, involving the Diamondbacks wanting him – we’ve had to do a bit of a dance. On the one hand, we recognize that this front office is smart enough to entertain offers on any player. And if a team wants to blow the Cubs away for Jeff Samardzija, well, then that’s the right thing for the organization to do. On the other hand, it was pretty plain that no team was going to meet that kind of ridiculous asking price.

And, according to Jon Heyman, the Cubs have decided – for this Trade Deadline – that no team is going to come forward with an absurd offer, which means that Samardzija will not be traded today. That’s not a surprise.

Heyman adds that the Cubs will instead take another run at extending Samardzija this offseason, and, if their efforts are unsuccessful, they’ll consider trading Samardzija at that time. The benefit of that approach is two-fold: (1) to the extent Samardzija wants to stay in Chicago, the Cubs would be applying just a touch of leverage toward landing an extension; and (2) trading a cost-controlled player like Samardzija in the offseason, as opposed to the Deadline, could open the Cubs’ market of potential buyers up to virtually every team in baseball.

Ultimately, I still think Samardzija is so important to the Cubs in 2014 and 2015 that they won’t dump him at the drop of an extension hurdle, even if that hurdle comes in December. I expect the sides to re-engage in extension discussions near the end of this season. If nothing comes from it, the Cubs will probably start 2014 with Samardzija at the front of the rotation, and will re-evaluate at the 2014 Trade Deadline. Otherwise, they could shop Samardzija this Winter, and see who’s biting.

  • ThompsonLives

    Brett’s so excited! He’s so excited! He’s so … scared!

  • Spoda17

    Shark could be the Cubs version of Hershel Walker…

    • Cubbie Blues

      Now, that would be awesome. Can the trading partner be St. Louis? Minnesota is still recovering from that trade.

  • Gcheezpuff

    I think they should trade him just for him admitting he is a White Sox fan…. I mean the cubs front office is all about high character guys and really, how many white sox fans do you know that have high character? I am joking…. Sort of. Brett nice job pushing through, kind of a bummer you didn’t see much action.

  • Die hard

    Theo missed oppty to trade pitcher to Boston

    • BT

      And get less in return than he did by trading a pitcher to Texas. good point.

  • Die hard

    Shark is new anchor of staff with Dempster and Garza gone… With run support would be 10-5

    • sclem21

      Don’t use Dempster and 10-5 in the same sentence. Too soon

      • George Jetson

        ^^^^^

      • Coach K

        Awesome!

    • DarthHater

      Aren’t you the guy who was saying that Samardzija is a bigger head case than Zambrano?

      • MichiganGoat

        Oh Darth don’t you know that Die hard predictions and logic are only valid for 24 hours.

  • Katie

    Keep going Brett! Are we going to get a post from Gretchen detailing what’s *really* going on at the Taylor Manor today? Brett posting in his BN banana hammock and sobbing over a picture of Dick Tidrow, perhaps?

    Inquiring minds want to know!

    • Cubbie Blues

      Great idea on “The Wife’s” perspective. If she is back from her parents that is.

      • Katie

        Ah, good point CB!

  • Dustin S

    This winter or next deadline does make a lot more sense than now anyway if they are going to deal him. In the end it really is down to Shark and what he wants. He controls his own destiny for the most part. If he wants out, then if they continue to not come to the table that will make a trade at some point a lock. I hope they extend him, but if he doesn’t have an extension signed by next July he will be an obsessive watch for sure. I don’t think he’ll be a Cub by next August without one.

    So unless there is a shocking development, we’re probably looking at 1 or 2 more minor trades like Schierholtz/Russell probably but no blockbusters. If Molina is seriously hurt it might tick up the Navarro interest. I would have to think if Gregg/Navarro aren’t traded it would only be because there is no interest at all. Also, the latest rumor mill this morning sounds like Barney/Villanueva/Dejesus have had more teams asking in the last day than we thought.

  • X the Cubs Fan

    Jayson Stark ‏@jaysonst 8h
    I count 11 significant trades this month. The Chicago teams were the sellers in 8 of them!

  • JoeyCollins

    The winner meetings might get a little interesting if shark doesn’t have a deal before then.

    • Cubbie Blues

      I can’t wait until the Cubs can be a part of the winner meetings.

      • Jp3

        Ha! Me either, WINNING

        • Bilbo161

          Yea, winning is so much more fun. But so are last minute deadline trades! I want what’s behind rumor number one! Or, should I take box number two! Oh! I can’t decide! ….mommy….;-)

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  • Brian Peters

    With the approach the Cubs are taking regarding Shark–”We get to pick whoever we want from your farm system”–isn’t going to work any better in the offseason. Shark seemingly isn’t interested in signing with the Cubs, so Theo better alter his expectations in order to get something in return. 2015 is just around the corner, and Shark is no Fergie Jenkins.

  • Erica

    THANK GOD!!!! I am SO RELIEVED (for now!) Offseason talk will bring anxiety again!!! Jeff you’d BETTER SIGN THAT CONTRACT!!!

    • Jp3

      I say make him an offer he can’t refuse. His hair or his signature will be on the paper…. Make your choice

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