By Nick Wilder
Former Cub Mark DeRosa believes the team would be wise to hold on to Jeff Samardzija.
The current MLB Network analyst joined Comcast SportsNet to discuss the starting pitcher’s future and the overall landscape of the MLB winter meetings.
With numerous rumors going around regarding the Cubs possibly trading Samardzija before the start of next season, Luke Stuckmeyer asked DeRosa if the Cubs should keep Samardzija.
“Absolutely I do, I think he’s what you build your team around,” DeRosa said. “I watched him play football and then when he signed with the Cubs, I remember first meeting him at the Cubs convention when he got called up. His presence in the clubhouse and his presence amongst guys who were much older than him, he fit right in. This guy is a killer. I love everything about him and I’d be hard pressed to believe that the Cubs will let him walk away unless they are just totally blown away [with a trade proposal].”
DeRosa also commented on how the game has changed since he was a rookie in 1998 and what team’s need to do to be successful in today’s game.
“The thing I’m learning about today’s game is that you better draft well,” DeRosa said. “You better cultivate from the ground up, you better draft some power arms and hope they stay healthy. [Players like] Ervin Santana and the Ubaldo Jimenez are getting expensive. The game has changed from when I first broke in and [the price tags] will continue to go up.”