The Chicago Cubs will either trade Jeff Samardzija before the July 31 trade deadline or give him a multi-year extension.
After getting no where in the past in regards to extension talks the Cubs have again reached out to the 29-year-old right hander. This of course is the teams last gasp for trying to re-sign the pitcher and may more or less be an attempt to drive up his trade value.
Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun Times reports that the Cubs offer is for five years but is north of the previously offered $65 million.
It is clear to everyone in the situation that the time to trade Samardzija is now. The right hander has gotten off to a hot start posting a 2.77 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP in his first 14 starts of the season. He has a 82/26 K/BB ratio in his 91 innings of work.