The Cubs have not been able to extend Jeff Samardzija, despite their efforts. (Ron Vesely/Getty Images)
The Chicago Cubs have listened to teams about trading starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija, according to Peter Gammons on MLB Network.
"They weren't getting what they thought they were getting," said Gammons, who added that the Cubs tried to sign Samardzija to an extension.
There is a chance the Pirates could be talking with the Cubs about Samardzija, according to the Chicago Tribune's Phil Rogers. Clint Hurdle and the Bucs have place "a higher value than any other organization would put on him," Rogers said on MLB Network. He also said the pitcher will not listen to discussions about a contract extension that could keep him in Chicago past the 2015 season.
"The Cubs feel like they have some pitching depth," Rogers said. "And to keep a Jeff Samardzija, who has turned down talks about salary, extensions... It might take an Anibal Sanchez offer. They haven't been able to quite ...
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