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 th...

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James dabbles in the baseballey-writey world. He won the SABR Analytics Conference Research Award for contemporary baseball analysis. It was for that defensive shifts piece, you remember that? Not a huge deal, he also lost a bunch of other awards. He has also written for NBCOlympics.com, Pittsburgh Magazine, Pittsburgh Sports Report and the official websites of the Los Angeles Clippers and Pittsburgh Penguins. By night, James is a television news reporter and weekend anchor for WKBN and WYTV in Youngstown, Ohio. Makes sense, seeing as how his degree from the University of Southern California is in Broadcast Journalism. James dispenses more bad jokes at his Twitter account, @JamesSantelli. It's there that he promises to write in the first-person.