Report: Diamondbacks Interested in Jeff Samardzija

By Matthew Hochberg

Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Diamondbacks’ pitching staff might be receiving a reinforcement soon. There are reports that the Chicago Cubs and D-Backs are in trade talks that would send Jeff Samardzija to Arizona.

Samardzija, 28, has emerged as a reliable starter in his last couple of years with the Cubs. He went 8-13 last season and had an ERA of 4.34 and set career highs with 213 2/3 innings and 214 strikeouts.

The right-hander, however, had his best season in 2012. He had a record of 9-13 and boasted an ERA 3.81 and a WHIP of 1.22.

The Cubs drafted Samardzija in the fifth round of the 2006 draft. He was signed to a five-year, $10 million deal with a $2.5 million signing bonus. This was to ensure he would not leave the organization to pursue a career in the NFL after an impressive four years on the Notre Dame football team.

He is eligible for arbitration next spring and can become a free agent after the 2015 season. Unless the Cubs can strike an extension with the former wide receiver, expect Samardzija to be on his way out of Chicago.