The Cubs missed on their top target in free agency (Masahiro Tanaka) and they’ve considered trading their best pitcher (Jeff Samardzija).
In Jeff Samardzija’s mind, signing Masahiro Tanaka would have silenced all that talk about the “R-word.”
Now that the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes is over, the Cubs are focusing on settling their arbitration cases.
Jeff Samardzija threw a career-high 213 2/3 innings in 2013. In 2014, he's hoping to break the 230-inning mark.
The positive outlook of Rick Renteria is one of the reasons he got the Cubs managerial job, but at least one Cubs fan is worried he won't stay that way for long.