Jeff Samardziga, Cubs avoid arbitration wih $5.345M deal
Pitcher could remain on trading block
The Chicago Cubs and starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija have agreed to a one-year, $5,345,000 US contract, avoiding arbitration.
The deal announced Saturday leaves the Cubs with no remaining players in arbitration.
Samardzija asked for $6.2 million and was offered $2,765,000 after going 8-13 with a 4.34 earned-run average last year, when he made $2,765,000.
The 29-year-old right-hander could be a candidate to be traded after he and the team were unable to come to terms on a long-term contract.