Chicago Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija had a breakout year in 2012 and is arbitration eligible for the first time this offseason. He officially filed Tuesday, but the two sides are working on a deal to avoid the process, ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine reports.
Levine reminds us that the team and player had discussions about a multi-year deal in December, but that they will settle for a one-year contract, for now. Also in Levine's piece is the suggestion that Samardzija could ultimately received a long-term pact in the neighborhood of the 4-year, $27 million deal the Reds gave to Johnny Cueto.
Samardzija is not eligible for free agency until after the 2015 season, but is slated to have two more go-rounds with arbitration after the next two seasons, which could get awfully pricey if he continues to perform well.