Jeff Samardzija made it through an offseason that consisted of non-stop trade rumors and still wore a Cubs uniform on Opening Day.
The trade talk hasn't altered Samardzija's performance on the mound in the early part of the season either. He sports a 1.29 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in three April starts, but one big number stands out in his stat line: a zero in the win column. That number isn't because Samardzija is underperforming, it's the exact opposite.
The 29-year-old ace of the Cubs with a Notre Dame football pedigree has given it his all in seven seasons with the team that swayed him from a football career. But with his team in the midst of another rebuilding season, Samardzija knows his time in Chicago could come to an end at any time.
"I don't know, I think it really depends on how this team turns out this season," Samardzija said Monday on NBC Sports Network's 'The Dan Patrick Show'. "I think it's looking like it, but I don't want to say anything for sure because I don't want to be traded."
Samardzija is set to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2015 season, the same time the Cubs are hoping to compete in the playoffs with a young core of Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo.
The Cubs could opt to trade Samardzija and then try to re-sign him before the 2016 season, but right now he's not worried about anything other than winning.
"I want to win," Samardzija said. "That's my number one goal. I don't care about anything else but winning."
It's still early, but the Cubs (4-8) sit in last place of the NL Central, making Samardzija's goal of pitching for a winner on the North Side an unlikely scenario in 2014.
Check out more of Samardzija's interview on "The Dan Patrick Show" in the video above.