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No deal now, so Cubs will try to lock up or trade Samardzija in winter

The Cubs have determined they aren't going to get the blockbuster package they sought for Jeff Samardzija right now, so they will try again to lock him up or trade him in the winter.

If a third attempt to sign him to a big extension fails in the offseason, a trade will become much more likely.

The Cubs were looking for a package of frontline prospects for Samarardzija, and only intended to trade him now if they were absolutely bowled over. Samardzija has two more years to pitch before his eligible for free agency.

The Cubs tried last winter to lock up Samardzija on a five-year deal for what was believed to be substantially more than Derek Holland's five year, $28.5-million but the sides were so far apart that the Cubs felt it necessary to see what he could bring in trade.

Samardzija, a northern Indiana product and former Notre Dame footbal star, is said to love Chicago. But he doesn't need to rush into a long deal since he signed for a monster $10.2-million bonus with the Cubs that was designed to get him off the football field..

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