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REPORT: Chicago Cubs have talked to RHP Jeff Samardzija about an extension

The Chicago Cubs have talked with starter Jeff Samardzija about a contract extension, according to Cubs General Manager Jed Hoyer.

Hoyer answered several questions Friday night on WGN Radio’s David Kaplan Show, including the trade rumors on Samardzija.

Samardzija, who turns 29 in January, will become a free agent after the 2015 season. In his second year as a full-time starter, he had a 4.34 ERA in a career-high 213.2 innings.

The Cubs have already committed $49 million of their $107 million payroll for the 2014 season. With no new contracts or free agent signings and ex-Cub Alfonso Soriano’s salary still on the books it would be a major move to re-sign the Notre Dame graduate this off-season.

Samardzija has been linked with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Toronto Blue Jays amongst others has potential landing spots for a trade.

The Valparaiso, Indiana native, was the Cubs’ fifth-round pick in the 2007 MLB amateur draft and signed a five-year, $10 million deal with the club in 2007. The Cubs exercised options for a sixth and seventh seasons in 2012 and 2013.

In six career seasons, Samardzija is 29-35 with a 4.19 ERA, 1.355 WHIP, 234 walks and 536 strikeouts for a 2.29 strike-to-ball ratio over 558 innings.

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