current status: Off season (on 40-man roster)
#29 SP | 6'5", 225 lbs. | Chicago Cubs
Birth Date:January 23, 1985 (29 years old) Place of Birth:Merrillville, IN Hometown:Merrillville, IN
Drafted:Drafted by Chicago Cubs in 2006 (5th round).
Drafted:Drafted by Chicago Cubs in 2006 (5th round).
|Assets:||Has an electric arm and a great pitchers' frame. He's also a tremendous athlete for a pitcher. Can be effective when used as either a starter or reliever.|
|Flaws:||Has become more consistent in his mechanics, but it hindered his development early on and he at times reverts back to old habits in his wiry delivery.|
|Career Potential:||Solid right-hander with versatility.|
Movements & Injuries
|2/08/2014||Re-signed by the Chicago Cubs to a one-year contract.|
|1/18/2013||Re-signed by the Chicago Cubs to a one-year contract.|
|3/05/2012||Re-signed by the Chicago Cubs to a one-year contract.|
|9/07/2010||Recalled from Iowa (AAA).|
|4/24/2010||Optioned to Iowa (AAA).|
|9/08/2009||Recalled from Iowa (AAA).|
|8/13/2009||Optioned to Iowa (AAA).|
|6/30/2009||Recalled from Iowa (AAA).|
|5/06/2009||Optioned to Iowa (AAA).|
|4/23/2009||Recalled from Iowa (AAA).|
|4/05/2009||Optioned to Iowa (AAA).|
|7/25/2008||Recalled from Iowa (AAA).|
|3/11/2008||Optioned to Tennessee (AA).|
|3/12/2007||Optioned to Daytona (A).|
|1/19/2007||Signed by the Chicago Cubs to a five-year contract.|
|6/06/2006||Drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 5th Round (149th overall) in 2006.|
Samardzija solid vs. Giants | 03/10/2014 5:27 PM
NewsJeff Samardzija allowed two runs in four innings in Monday's start against the Giants.
ImpactSamardzija allowed five hits, but struck out five and didn't issue a walk. Three of the five hits and both runs came in his final inning of work.
Samardzija hit for three runs in three frames | 03/05/2014 5:53 PM
NewsJeff Samardzija allowed three runs in three innings against the Rockies on Wednesday.
ImpactSamardzija allowed four hits and a walk while striking out one. The right-hander may become a trade chip for the Cubs at some point this season if a contract extension can't be hashed out.
Samardzija holds D'Backs scoreless | 02/27/2014 6:04 PM
NewsJeff Samardzija held the D'Backs scoreless over two innings in his start on Thursday.
ImpactThe right-hander allowed two hits and a walk while striking out two. Samardzija's name has surfaced in trade rumors throughout the off-season, but he's a Cub for now. He is hoping to improve on last year's 4.34 ERA in 213 2/3 innings.
Cubs could deal Samardzija before Opening Day | 02/24/2014 11:13 PM
NewsTwo sources told Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times that the Cubs trading Jeff Samardzija before Opening Day is a "strong possibility."
ImpactA third source said that "no such talks are happening." Wittenmyer notes that the two sides "are no closer to finding common ground" on an extension and "in some ways are further apart." Samardzija will be arbitration-eligible for the final time next winter and, if no headway is made with a long-term contract, is a good bet to be dealt in July if not before the opener. The big right-hander holds a 4.10 ERA with 394 strikeouts over 388 1/3 innings the last two seasons since joining the Cubs' rotation.
Samardzija looking to get paid in extension | 02/14/2014 11:15 PM
NewsAccording to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, when asked about a potential contract extension Jeff Samardzija noted that while he has an "emotional attachment" to the Cubs, "that attachment only goes so far."
Jon Morosi on Twitter
ImpactSamardzija, who is set to hit free agency after the 2015 season, reportedly rejected a five-year, $55 million deal from the Cubs in December. He also expressed disappointment over some personnel decisions that the Cubs have made, including the Scott Feldman trade in 2013. While the Cubs would like to lock up the hard-throwing right-hander, from the outset it doesn't appear as if he'll be willing to provide much of a hometown discount.
Samardzija, Cubs avoid arb with $5.345M deal | 02/08/2014 5:44 PM
NewsCubs and RHP Jeff Samardzija avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.345 million contract.
ImpactThe deal was slightly above the midpoint between Samardzija's $6.2 million request and the Cubs' $4.4 million offer. The right-hander made 33 starts for the Cubs last season, racking up a 214/78 K/BB ratio, 4.34 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in a bit of a disappointing season. He'll look to improve on those numbers in his age 29 season.
Samardzija exchanges figures with Cubs | 01/17/2014 7:02 PM
NewsJustin Samardzija requested $6.2 million and was offered $4.4 million from the Cubs when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.
Mark Gonzales on Twitter
ImpactThe two sides are both interested in exploring a long-term contract extension, but in the meantime they'll let an arbitrator decide his salary for the 2014 season. Even after a disappointing 2013 campaign, there's a good chance he'll nearly double the $2.64 million that he earned a season ago.
Cubs and Samardzija still apart on extension | 01/12/2014 8:59 PM
NewsPatrick Mooney of CSN Chicago reports that the Cubs and Jeff Samardzija are still very far apart on a potential contract extension.
ImpactBoth sides remain interested in getting a deal done and hope to work something out before the 28-year-old right-hander hits free agency in 2016. The Cubs have also explored dealing Samardzija this winter, though their asking price has been significant.
Cubs end talks with Heyward or Upton request | 12/18/2013 12:44 PM
NewsMLB.com's Mark Bowman reports that the Cubs asked the Braves for either Jason Heyward or Justin Upton as headliners in trade talks for Jeff Samardzija.
Impact"While thoughts of landing [David] Price might have only existed in the fantasy world, the Braves were genuinely interested in finding out what it would take to bring Samardzija to Atlanta," wrote Bowman. "That interest quickly died when the Cubs indicated they would be looking for a return package that included either Jason Heyward or Justin Upton." Additionally, Bowman passes along that the Rays asked Atlanta for Alex Wood and Christian Bethancourt in a package for Price, and the White Sox were "looking for a return that rivaled what the Rays wanted for Price" to begin a discussion about Chris Sale. Two things are clear: Atlanta is doing its due diligence on top-flight available starting pitching, and the cost of that commodity is exceedingly high in the current marketplace.
Cubs asking Jays for a lot for Samardzija | 12/12/2013 10:30 PM
NewsBob Elliott of the Toronto Sun reports that the Cubs asked the Blue Jays for Aaron Sanchez, Marcus Stroman and a third player in trade talks for Jeff Samardzija.
ImpactJust getting Sanchez and Stroman would be a pretty nice return, but it's hard to blame the Cubs for asking for even more given the high cost of quality pitching. Without referring to Samardzija specifically, Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos said he'll continue with trade discussions. "But the acquisition price doesn't work for us right now," he said. "I don't know if I could quantify how far off that they might be. We continue to have dialogue, so if you want to look at that as encouraging, I don't know. It's not so far out of the realm that we won't continue to have talks."
Braves interested in Cubs' Jeff Samardzija | 12/12/2013 2:22 PM
NewsDavid O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Braves "could be leading suitors" Jeff Samardzija if the Cubs decide to trade him.
ImpactThe Braves won't trade No. 1 prospect Lucas Sims, but O'Brien believes the club could put together an appealing package without depleting their minor league system. The Cubs are loaded with position prospects, so moving Samardzija would be one way to infuse some young pitching into their organization. The Cubs haven't ruled out re-signing the 28-year-old, but they'll have plenty of suitors if they decide to deal him.
Cubs, Samardzija's rep meet to talk extension | 12/11/2013 6:39 PM
NewsA meeting between the Cubs and Jeff Samardzija's representatives on Wednesday was "amicable" but they're still not close to a contract extension, sources tell FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.
Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
ImpactRosenthal also notes that despite the positive meeting a trade is still possible. There have been plenty of callers for the services of the 28-year-old, but the price has been to high to this point. Any extension will likely be worth more than the five-year, $55 million deal the club offered Samardzija previously.
Cubs' brass meeting with Samardzija's agents | 12/10/2013 10:59 PM
NewsCBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cubs' brass will have a meeting with Jeff Samardzija's agents on Wednesday.
Jon Heyman on Twitter
ImpactHeyman says an offer "isn't necessarily expected," and an extension is "unlikely anyway." The Cubs reportedly offered Samardzija a five-year extension in the $55 million range earlier this offseason, but the righty apparently wants more in order to avoid free agency. Chicago could wind up dealing him if they determine a long-term extension isn't likely.
Cubs have offered Samardzija five-years, $55M | 12/05/2013 7:36 PM
NewsBruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com reports that the Cubs have offered Jeff Samardzija an extension higher than five years and $55 million.
Bruce Levine on Twitter
ImpactThe proposal was extended a while ago and obviously turned down by Samardzija, which is why the Cubs are considering trading him this winter. However, Levine notes that the two sides "continue to have an open amicable line of communication." Samardzija is projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to make $4.9 million in what is his second year of arbitration eligibility.
Cubs to listen on Samardzija at Winter Mtngs | 12/04/2013 4:41 PM
NewsESPN's Jerry Crasnick hears that the Cubs "plan to do some serious listening" on right-hander Jeff Samardzija at next week's Winter Meetings in Orlando, Florida.
Jerry Crasnick on Twitter
ImpactWhich is an indication that the Cubs and Samardzija's reps have made no progress on a long-term contract extension. Samardzija posted a disappointing 4.34 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in 2013 for Chicago, but he struck out 214 batters in 213 2/3 innings and will at times flash ace-like stuff. A difficult guy to put a monetary value on, the 28-year-old starter is under club control through the 2015 season.
Orioles could have interest in Samardzija | 11/30/2013 8:11 AM
NewsRoch Kubatko of MASN Sports believes that the Orioles could have interest in dealing for Jeff Samardzija.
ImpactThe Cubs have reportedly been shopping the 28-year-old hurler this offseason, and the O's could certainly use another strong young arm to bolster their rotation. While it's merely speculation at this point, the Orioles do seem like a realistic landing spot should the Cubs decide to trade Samardzija.
Blue Jays talking Samardzija trade with Cubs | 11/24/2013 10:36 AM
NewsBruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com reports that the Blue Jays are "putting together a package of young players" in trade talks with the Cubs regarding Jeff Samardzija.
Bruce Levine on Twitter
ImpactThe Cubs have discussed a multi-year contract extension with Samardzija, but they could end up deciding to deal him if they determine an extension doesn't look likely. The Nationals are also known to have interest in the right-hander. Samardzija, 28, is under team control through the 2015 season.
Cubs have talked extension with Samardzija | 11/15/2013 10:04 PM
NewsDavid Kaplan of CSN Chicago reports that the Cubs have discussed a multi-year contract extension with Jeff Samardzija.
David Kaplan on Twitter
ImpactCubs general manager Jed Hoyer indicated that the organization likes Samardzija and wants to keep him, and the feeling is believed to be mutual. The 28-year-old right-hander registered a 4.34 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 214/78 K/BB ratio over 213 2/3 innings in 2013.
D'Backs to rekindle Samardzija trade talks | 11/04/2013 6:44 PM
NewsESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Cubs and Diamondbacks are expected to continue their trade talks regarding Jeff Samardzija into the offseason.
Buster Olney on Twitter
ImpactThe D'Backs discussed a potential deal with the Cubs prior to the trade deadline but found the asking price to be too high. Olney notes that the Cubs are "reaching a point" where they have to make a decision whether to sign the righty to an extension or trade him. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported the same thing at the trade deadline. Samardzija made $2.64 million this season and is arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter.
Samardzija strikes out eight against Brewers | 09/18/2013 12:23 AM
NewsJeff Samardzija allowed three runs over seven innings in a no-decision against the Brewers on Tuesday.
ImpactSamardzija had struggled in his previous three starts, allowing a total of 17 runs over 18 1/3 innings. On Tuesday he was improved, allowing five hits and two walks while striking out eight. Despite a rough season, the right-hander is still second in the National League in strikeouts with 203 in 201 2/3 innings this year. He's got a tough assignment in the Braves on Sunday.
Jeff Samrdzija gives up six runs in loss | 09/11/2013 3:51 PM
NewsJeff Samardzija gave up six runs for the season straight outing Wednesday in a loss to the Reds.
ImpactLast time, it was six runs in six innings against the hapless Marlins. This time, the six runs came in 5 2/3 innings. Samardzija, who is now 20 innings beyond his 2012 season total of 174 2/3, seems to have run out of juice here in September, and the Cubs should consider shutting him down.
Jeff Samardzija gives up six runs to Marlins | 09/04/2013 5:58 PM
NewsJeff Samardzija was tagged for six runs in six innings by the Marlins on Wednesday.
ImpactLast year, Samardzija threw 174 2/3 innings before being shut down on Sept. 8. Right now, he's at 189 innings and seemingly fading fast, with just one quality start in his last five. The Cubs weren't planning on shutting him down again, but maybe they'll change their minds if he struggles again next time out.
Jeff Samardzija goes eight strong in win | 08/25/2013 12:44 AM
NewsJeff Samardzija pitched eight innings of two-run ball in a victory over the Padres on Saturday.
ImpactSamardzija has allowed three runs over 17 innings while winning his last two starts. It's definitely a good sign, but one wonders if the Cubs will back off him a little bit in September. He surpassed his 2012 innings total tonight, ending the game at 176 1/3 innings. The Cubs will let him throw 200, for sure, but they shouldn't allow him to approach 220.
Jeff Samardzija goes nine in 11-1 victory | 08/19/2013 11:36 PM
NewsJeff Samardzija went the distance against the Nationals on Monday, allowing six hits in the Cubs' 11-1 win.
ImpactSamardzija struck out five and walked none in his third career complete game. He's been inconsistent this season, mostly because his control seems to come and go. It is an encouraging sign that he's allowed just three homers in 44 1/3 innings since the All-Star break.
Samardzija allows four runs against Reds | 08/14/2013 1:27 AM
NewsJeff Samardzija allowed four runs over six innings in a no-decision against the Reds on Tuesday.
ImpactSamardzija has struggled of late and wasn't sharp again Tuesday, giving up six hits and four walks. He avoided taking the loss, though, remaining at 6-11 on the season. He'll have a chance to get straightened out Monday when he faces the Nationals.
Samardzija knocked around in loss to Phillies | 08/08/2013 5:19 PM
NewsJeff Samardzija was knocked around for nine runs on 11 hits over 3 1/3 innings Thursday against the Phillies.
ImpactIt was his shortest outing of the year while the nine runs allowed tied a career-high. The clunker pulled his ERA up to 4.23. Samardzija continues to be an excellent source for strikeouts, but his inconsistency is getting frustrating for fantasy owners. Things don't get any easier with a start against the Reds next time out.
Samardzija yields three runs in loss to LAD | 08/03/2013 7:41 PM
NewsJeff Samardzija surrendered three runs in six innings Saturday as the Cubs fell to the Dodgers.
ImpactIt was a rough outing for the "The Shark" -- and it could have been even worse. He struck out nine but issued five walks and seven hits, throwing only 69 of his 112 pitches for strikes. Samardzija will carry a 6-10 record, 3.78 ERA and 1.31 WHIP into his next scheduled start at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. It'll be a tough matchup.
Cubs holding on to Jeff Samardzija for now | 07/31/2013 8:21 AM
NewsCBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cubs will try to lock up Jeff Samardzija or trade him over the winter.
ImpactThe Cubs have been listening to offers for Samardzija, but they have determined that they will not get the blockbuster package they have been looking for. As a result, they'll attempt to discuss a contract extension during the offseason. If that doesn't want out, a trade could again become a possibility. Samardzija is under team control through 2015.
Jeff Samardzija goes seven scoreless | 07/29/2013 11:45 PM
NewsJeff Samardzija struck out seven in seven scoreless innings against the Brewers on Monday.
ImpactSamardzija finished July on a high note after struggling in three of his previous four outings. He's suddenly been talked about as a trade candidate the last two days, but it's quite a long shot that he'll be moved.
Price for Jeff Samardzija is exorbitant | 07/29/2013 9:40 PM
NewsCBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cubs' asking price for Jeff Samardzija is sky high.
ImpactHeyman says the Cubs are basically telling teams they will "take whatever they want'' when it comes to what it will cost to get the right-hander. It's no surprise, of course, as Samardzija is a top-of-the-rotation talent and is under team control through 2015. While it's an extreme longshot that they would trade him, it's interesting to note that the reason the Cubs are even willing to entertain offers for the righty is because Samardzija, according to Heyman, "has shown little interest yet in doing a long-term deal."
Sveum: Samardzija trade not likely to happen | 07/27/2013 7:27 PM
NewsCubs manager Dale Sveum said he doesn't expect Jeff Samardzija to be traded.
Gordon Wittenmyer on Twitter
Impact"I think somebody was just bored and had to throw something out there," Sveum told reporters before Saturday's game. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal had earlier reported that the Cubs would listen to trade offers on their ace, but it's likely just in the event they're blown away by an offer. Samardzija is under team control until after the 2015 season.
Report: Cubs listening to Samardzija offers | 07/27/2013 4:09 PM
NewsFOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal has confirmed that the Cubs are listening to offers for Jeff Samardjiza.
Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
ImpactBut the asking price, according to Rosenthal's source, is sky high. Samardzija, 28, has registered a 3.87 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 9.2 K/9 over his last 311 2/3 innings with the Cubs. The former Notre Dame wide receiver can hit the free agent market after the 2015 season.
Samardzija struggles with control in ND | 07/25/2013 2:12 AM
NewsJeff Samardzija struggled against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, allowing four runs -- three earned -- on six hits over 5 2/3 frames.
ImpactHe struck out five and walked five in the no-decision. Because of control issues, Samardzija rolled up 118 pitches before he was pulled prematurely. Pitching for the Cubs, Samardzija rarely wins starts that he didn't deserve to win. Tonight he almost did so, as the right-hander (6-9, 3.94 ERA) was in line for the victory before Kevin Gregg coughed up a one-run lead in the ninth inning.
Samardzija spins 7 1/3 innings of 1-run ball | 07/20/2013 12:08 AM
NewsJeff Samardzija spun 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball Friday in a 3-1 victory against the Rockies.
ImpactHe struck out six, walked three and scattered four hits. Outside of a fourth inning solo homer by Dexter Fowler, Samardzija cruised in Coors Field against a powerful lineup. Samardzija was drilled in his last two starts prior to the All-Star break, posting an 11.61 ERA, so this outing was all the more impressive. The lanky hurler improves to 6-9 with a 3.91 ERA.
Samardzija rocked for nine runs by Angels | 07/10/2013 11:45 PM
NewsJeff Samardzija allowed nine runs in 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Angels on Wednesday.
ImpactSamardzija struggled from the outset, giving up five runs before he could get out of the first inning. He surrendered four home runs among his nine hits allowed, raising his ERA from 3.54 to 4.06 in the process. He hasn't recorded a win since June 23, as he fell to 5-9 with the loss. Samardzija won't get another chance to get it straightened out before the break.
D'Backs interested in Samardzija, Gallardo | 06/28/2013 10:16 AM
NewsFOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Diamondbacks have trade interest in Jeff Samardzija and Yovani Gallardo.
ImpactGallardo is available, but Rosenthal notes that Samardzija can only be had for an "overwhelming" package, and the D'Backs and Cubs have not had discussions yet. Arizona, Rosenthal adds, is not interested in adding a "rental," preferring to target pitchers that they'll have control of for multiple seasons.
Jeff Samardzija dominates Cards Tuesday | 06/18/2013 11:20 PM
NewsJeff Samardzija held the Cardinals to two runs over 8 1/3 innings in Tuesday's 4-2 victory.
ImpactThe Cubs scored four runs before Samardzija even toed the rubber, and that's all he needed. The hard-thrower struck out six while allowing seven hits and one walk. The second run charged to him came home after he exited in favor of Kevin Gregg. Samardzija had scuffled a bit the last two times out, but he now has a nice 3.35 ERA and 1.19 WHIP with 110 strikeouts over 99 1/3 innings. He should be able to keep it rolling this weekend in Chicago against the Astros.
Samardzija gives up five runs in no-decision | 06/13/2013 8:23 PM
NewsJeff Samardzija was tagged for five runs in six innings Thursday in a no-decision against the Reds.
ImpactThe five runs allowed tied a season-high. Samardzija gave up 10 hits and four walks in the loss, but also struck out six and now holds the NL strikeout lead with 104 in 91 innings. He'll carry a 3.46 ERA into a tough matchup against the Cardinals next week.
Samardzija fans seven in loss to Pirates | 06/08/2013 7:01 PM
NewsJeff Samardzija struggled in Saturday's loss to the Pirates, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk over six frames.
ImpactOn the bright side, he was able to rack up seven strikeouts in the game. Pedro Alvarez was responsible for most of the damage against him, with an RBI single in the first inning and a two-run bomb in the fourth. Despite compiling a stellar 3.18 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 98/29 K/BB ratio through 85 innings on the season, Samardzija now sits at 3-7. He'll look to bounce back when he does battle against the Reds at home on Thursday.
Jeff Samardzija fans 11 in no-decision | 06/02/2013 1:18 AM
NewsJeff Samardzija was charged with three runs in 6 1/3 innings after striking out 11 Diamondbacks on Saturday.
ImpactSamardzija was pulled with a 3-1 lead after walking two of the three batters he faced in the seventh. Both runners came around to score off James Russell, and the Diamondbacks ended up winning 12-4 from there. Samardzija still doesn't have a win this year in a game in which he's worked less than eight innings. He's 3-6 with a 2.96 ERA.
Samardzija records first shutout in Cubs' win | 05/27/2013 10:03 PM
NewsJeff Samardzija pitched a two-hitter for his first career shutout Monday against the White Sox.
ImpactQuite the gem from Samardzija, who had neared shutouts before but hadn't quite been able to pull one off. Both hits he allowed tonight were singles, and he finished with eight strikeouts and two walks in the 108-pitch outing. The win was just the third for Samardzija, but he has a terrific 2.85 ERA through 11 starts.
Samardzija pitches well, takes another loss | 05/22/2013 10:07 PM
NewsJeff Samardzija held the Pirates to one run over seven innings on Wednesday but took the loss.
ImpactSamardzija was excellent, fanning eight batters and allowing only three hits and one walk. But he got exactly zero support from the Chicago offense and thus fell to 2-6 on the year. The right-hander has an ace-like 3.25 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 72/22 K/BB ratio in 63 2/3 innings this season and should keep rolling next week against the White Sox.
Samardzija goes eight, Cubs top Rockies 6-3 | 05/16/2013 12:38 AM
NewsJeff Samardzija allowed two runs over eight innings and also contributed a two-run homer as the Cubs topped the rockies 6-3 on Wednesday.
ImpactThe win was just Samardzija's second on the year, a crime considering he could easily have five wins by this point. The right-hander struck out seven and now has fanned 64 in 56 2/3 innings, and he now owns a 3.49 ERA through nine starts. Samardzija will go for two in a row next week against the Pirates.
Samardzija struggles in loss to Nationals | 05/10/2013 9:35 PM
NewsJeff Samardzija struggled in a losing effort against the Nationals on Friday, allowing five runs on eight hits over his five frames.
ImpactSamardzija fanned five while walking two in the outing. Ian Desmond was responsible for most of the damage against him, blasting a two-run homer in the fourth inning and adding an RBI double in the fifth. Despite the 1-5 record on the year, Samardzija owns a respectable 3.70 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 57/19 K/BB ratio over 48 2/3 innings. He'll look to get back on track when he does battle against the Rockies at home on Wednesday.
Jeff Samardzija pitches well in no-decision | 05/04/2013 5:18 PM
NewsJeff Samardzija pitched well in a no-decision against the Reds on Saturday, allowing just one run on four hits over six frames.
ImpactSamardzija racked up five strikeouts and walked three on the afternoon. He departed with his team comfortably on top 4-2, but an eighth-inning meltdown by Carlos Marmol would wipe away his shot at his second victory. Despite his 3.09 ERA and 52/17 K/BB ratio through his first 43 2/3 innings, poor run support and bullpen work leaves Samardzija at 1-4 heading into Friday's start against the Nationals in Washington.
Jeff Samardzija strikes out eight in loss | 04/24/2013 5:00 PM
NewsJeff Samardzija struck out eight while allowing one run in six innings Wednesday against the Reds.
ImpactSamardzija took his fourth straight loss anyway. Still, with a 3.03 ERA and a 39/10 K/BB ratio through 32 2/3 innings, he's been terrific this season. His teammates, less so.
Samardzija goes seven innings in loss | 04/19/2013 11:50 PM
NewsJeff Samardzija dropped to 1-3 on the season after giving up five runs (four earned) over seven innings Friday against the Brewers.
ImpactSamardzija allowed four runs in the first inning, but settled down pretty nicely from there. He didn't give up the fifth run until a solo shot by Carlos Gomez in his final inning of work. "The Shark" allowed six hits and one walk in the loss and finished with a season-low four strikeouts. He'll attempt to avoid a fourth straight loss in a tough matchup against the Reds next Wednesday.
Samardzija goes six innings in loss | 04/13/2013 4:24 PM
NewsJeff Samardzija dropped his second straight start Saturday after he gave up two runs in six innings against the Giants.
ImpactSamardzija held the Giants off the board for the first four innings, but Gregor Blanco got to him with an RBI single in the fifth and Pablo Sandoval knocked in a run with a single in the sixth. "The Shark" fanned five and walked just one in the loss. He'll look to get back into the win column with a start against the Brewers next Friday.
Samardzija fans 13 batters in loss to Braves | 04/07/2013 4:37 PM
NewsJeff Samardzija struck out a career-high 13 batters over 5 2/3 innings Sunday in a loss to the Braves.
ImpactSamardzija wound up allowing four earned runs, but he showed in Sunday's start why many experts believe he can become a legitimate ace. The 28-year-old right-hander should be an excellent source of fantasy production all season. He will take on the Giants next time out.
Jeff Samardzija dominant in win over Pirates | 04/01/2013 4:52 PM
NewsJeff Samardzija gave up just two hits over eight shutout frames in the Cubs' 3-1 win over the Pirates on Monday.
ImpactSamardzija was absolutely dominant, striking out nine while walking just one batter. He was still bringing it at 96 mph in his final inning of work. After throwing 174 2/3 innings in his first year as a starter in 2012, the 28-year-old should is poised to make an innings-progression this season, so he's a real threat to be among the league leaders in strikeouts.
Jeff Samardzija goes five strong | 03/26/2013 11:50 PM
NewsJeff Samardzija went five strong in his final Cactus League tune-up Tuesday, holding the Reds to one run.
ImpactHe gave up five hits, didn't walk anyone and struck out four. Samardzija posted a 3.51 ERA and 1.21 WHIP with 19 strikeouts over 25 2/3 innings this spring. He was good in 2012, but a true breakout could come in 2013.
Samardzija sharp in win over Rangers Saturday | 03/16/2013 6:49 PM
NewsJeff Samardzija threw five scoreless innings in the Cubs 5-1 win over the Rangers Saturday.
ImpactSamardzija allowed just three hits and one walk in his five innings while striking out three. The Cubs' Opening Day starter had been less efficient in his previous outing, so Saturday was a refreshing turn. Samardzija now has a 3.86 ERA in three spring starts.
Samardzija allows four runs in 4 2/3 innings | 03/11/2013 7:24 PM
NewsJeff Samardzija surrendered four runs over 4 2/3 innings Monday in the Cubs' 7-5 win over the Diamondbacks.
ImpactSamardzija also struggled in a minor league game last Wednesday, but it would be foolish to make too much of a pair of rough spring outings. Samardzija will be Chicago's Opening Day starter this season and should be an excellent option for any fantasy rotation.
Jeff Samardzija shelled in minor league game | 03/06/2013 2:18 PM
NewsJeff Samardzija allowed five runs on six hits over four innings Wednesday in a minor league game.
ImpactIt was a 10 a.m. start and Samardzija was working on some different things, so it's safe to ignore the poor results. The talented 28-year-old right-hander has already been named the Cubs' Opening Day starter and should be a solid mid-rotation fantasy option this season.
Jeff Samardzija named Opening Day starter | 03/03/2013 12:52 PM
NewsJeff Samardzija has been named the Cubs' Opening Day starter.
Carrie Muskat on Twitter
ImpactIt had been looking that way and become official after the club ruled Matt Garza (lat strain) out for the first month of the season. Samardzija had a breakthrough season in 2012, posting a 3.81 ERA and 180/56 K/BB ratio over 174 2/3 innings.
Samardzija goes three innings vs. D'Backs | 03/01/2013 8:17 PM
NewsJeff Samardzija allowed one run over three innings Friday against the Diamondbacks.
ImpactSamardzija gave up just one hit while striking out one and walking three. The only run scored on a double-play grounder off the bat of Mark Teahen in the second inning. With Matt Garza (lat strain) increasingly likely to open the season on the disabled list, Samardzija is expected to get the Opening Day assignment against the Pirates.
Samardzija favorite for Opening Day starter? | 02/24/2013 6:30 PM
NewsJeff Samardzija allowed one run on three hits over two innings in Sunday's game against the Giants.
ImpactWith Matt Garza (lat strain) questionable for the start of the season, Samardzija is looking like the favorite for the Cubs' Opening Day starter. The 28-year-old has reported to camp in excellent shape and even had some preliminary talks about a contract extension this offseason. Coming off his breakout 2012, Samardzija should be viewed as a top-30 fantasy pitcher with upside.
Samardzija turned down extension from Cubs | 02/12/2013 2:23 PM
NewsAccording to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, Jeff Samardzija turned down a five-year extension from the Cubs this winter.
ImpactSamardzija said "it doesn't really make much sense" to talk about an extension after his first season in the rotation, as he has a chance to make even more money in the long-term if he continues to establish himself. The 28-year-old is under contract for $2.64 million this season and remains under team control through 2015.
Cubs, Jeff Samardzija avoid arbitration | 01/18/2013 6:11 PM
NewsCubs and RHP Jeff Samardzija avoided arbitration by agreeing to a contract.
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ImpactNo word yet on the terms involved. Samardzija was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter after posting a 3.81 ERA and 180/56 K/BB ratio over 174 2/3 innings last season. Following his breakthrough season in the rotation, he has had some preliminary talks with the Cubs about an extension.
|Date||Team||Opp||GS||DEC||YTD W||YTD L||YTD SV||YTD ERA||CG||SHO||IP||H||R||ER||HR||BB||K||Status|
Career Regular Season Statistics
2013 Game Highs
|Most Innings Pitched (Starting)||9.0||2 times-last:vs. Wsh||last:Aug 19||9.0|
|Most Strikeouts (Starting)||13||at Atl||Apr 7||11|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|Losses||13||2 times-last: 2013 (ChN)|
|Innings Pitched||213.2||2013 (ChN)|
|Games Started||33||2013 (ChN)|
|Completed Games||2||2013 (ChN)|
|Hits Allowed||210||2013 (ChN)|
|Runs Allowed||109||2013 (ChN)|
|Earned Runs Allowed||103||2013 (ChN)|
|Home Runs Allowed||25||2013 (ChN)|
|Earned Run Average||3.81||2012 (ChN)|