Jeff Samardziga, Cubs avoid arbitration wih $5.345M deal

The Chicago Cubs and starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija have agreed to a one-year, $5,345,000 US contract, avoiding arbitration.

Pitcher could remain on trading block

Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija asked for $6.2 million US in salary arbitration while the team countered with $2,765,000 after he posted a 8-13 record and 4.34 ERA last season. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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.

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