Friday, January 19, 2007

Samardzija chooses baseball, signs with Cubs

Many people, including myself, questioned the Cubs' decision to draft Jeff Samardzija as high as the fifth round. Even though Samardzija posted a 21-6 record in three years at Notre Dame, picking him was a huge gamble, because it appeared that Samardzija would enter the NFL draft.

After posting a 1-2 record and a 2.70 ERA with the Boise Hawks and Peoria Chiefs, however, Jeff Samardzija signed a deal that could keep him with the Cubs organization potentially through the 2013 season. The former wide reciever earned a $2.5 million signing bonus and will make $10 million over the next five years. After that, the Cubs have an option for the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

Even though Bobby Brownlie didn't turn out exactly how I, and many others around the Cubs organization, had wanted him to turn out, adding another young arm in the farm system can't hurt. The price tag may appear to be excessive, but compared to the rest of the deals that the Cubs made this off-season, maybe it's not so bad.

Samardzija will likely start the season in Advanced-A Daytona.

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