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Samardzija Facing Uncertain Future

WGIL Newsroom . State Sports 125

Chicago CubsMESA, Ariz. (AP)–Jeff Samardzija isn’t sure where he’ll be by the end of the season.
He’s a good candidate to be traded by the Chicago Cubs given his one-year contract and he’s determined to pitch well whether he stays put or switches teams.Samardzija says he’ll increase his value “as much as possible,” which will lead to the organization keeping him or getting more in a trade.

For now a cloud hovers over him. As pitchers and catchers worked out for the first time Friday, Samardzija stared at an uncertain future.

Failed attempts at a long-term contract led to trade talks and, ultimately, a one-year agreement worth $5,345,000 to avoid arbitration. Samardzija wouldn’t reveal how wide the gap is for a longer contract.