How much longer will Jeff Samardzija will be a Cub?

How much longer will Jeff Samardzija will be a Cub?
February 15, 2014, 2:30 pm
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As insider Patrick Mooney wrote earlier, the Cubs are Jeff Samardzija's team — for now. But will he be stay with the organization in the long run?

David Kaplan and spoke with 670 The Score's Bruce Levine, who weighed in on whether Samardzija is in Chicago to stay.

"My guess, and from what people I've talked to, is that if something's not done between the two sides by April 1, then he'll be solely on the market and that he will be traded for a package," he said. "Whether it's Seattle, Toronto, any of the other 27 teams out there, I think that's gonna happen.

"A hometown discount? I think the money can be discounted but I think the love has to be shown, and the love is in the way of a commitment with a no-trade contract. That's something Theo Epstein has rarely, if ever, given to anybody. He retains the right of flexibility with players. When he gives a lot of money he believes that he has the right to trade them along the way if things aren't working out."

Catch the rest of what Levine had to say in the video above.