According to the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs have declined Jeff Samardzija’s 2012 three-million dollar option.  However, Samardzija is expected to be re-signed to a reduced salary.  Samardzija is not eligible for arbitration or free agency and teams can cut a player’s salary by 20 percent from the previous year.  He will make the team out of spring training, either as a starter or as a relief pitcher.

As reports have mentioned, Samardzija is expected to be considered for a starting job next season.

The Cubs signed Jeff Samardzija to a five-year deal in 2007, which included options for both 2012 and 2013.  It was a major league deal worth $10 million.

All in all, this move just saves the Cubs a little bit of money, not much though.  He will return.

Side Note: Jed Hoyer’s press conference will be at 3 PM CDT tomorrow at Wrigley Field.  Jason McLeod will be introduced too.

More to come…

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