Source says #Cubs indeed listening on Samardzija, adds, “asking price high as expected.”
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 27, 2013
The Cubs are listening to offers for any player on their roster. If they were not, they would not be doing a good job. Even the most valuable player in baseball is available for the right offer.
The asking price for Jeff Samardzija should be high. He has 2+ years of club control and both of those will be relatively cheap. It's unlikely any team will match what the Cubs would want, but you've got to listen.
The Cubs and Samardzija reportedly talked contract extension after last season and will do so again this offseason. I expect they'll come to an agreement on a 5 or 6-year extension prior to the start of the 2014 season. If they are unable to reach a deal, it becomes more likely that the Cubs will be willing to come down on their demands by midseason if they aren't contending.
At that point, Samardzija would still be controlled by the team who traded for him beyond 2014 and we know that teams are seeking those kinds of pitchers more than ever. I don't think it will come to that.