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Jeff Samardzija rumors: Right hander wants to stay with Cubs

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Jeff Samardzija's name has come up frequently in trade rumors this winter, but the right hander would like to remain with the Cubs, according to Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago.

The Chicago Cubs have actively attempted to extend Samardzija. They reportedly offered him a 5-year, $55 million deal earlier this offseason, but if the two sides can't come to an agreement, the Cubs best option might be trading the 28-year-old. Samardzija will be a free agent after the 2015 season, so Chicago has two more years of team control. However, his trade value will likely diminish as he approaches the open market. Many teams have shown interest, but the Cubs' return would be significantly larger if they were able to shop him as a two-year commodity rather than waiting until next year when he will be more of a rental.

Samardzija has shown considerable promise since moving into the Cubs' rotation in 2012, posting a 4.10 ERA in 61 starts. His ERA doesn't jump off the screen, but his peripheral stats hint that he's been a victim of bad luck, bad defense, or both. The evidence of those positive peripherals are apparent in his 5.8 wins above replacement (fWAR) since 2012.

In the interview with Mooney, he said he doesn't "think it's as dire as what's it's all being made out to be," and that the Cubs listening to trade offers is "what any team would do on any player."

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This article originally appeared on SBNation.

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