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|Cubs Samardzija Running Out of Options
|MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- This is a big spring training for Jeff Samardzija. One wouldn't be able to tell, though, from talking to him.
Samardzija is in the final year of a five-year contract he signed with the Chicago Cubs out of Notre Dame, where he made his name as a big-time wide receiver before choosing baseball over football. He's out of minor-league options, so Samardzija has to either make the Cubs' 25-man roster out of spring training or clear waivers before he can be sent to the minors.
Now 26, the right-handed Samardzija has been back and forth between Class AAA Iowa and the Cubs in each of the past three seasons. His ERA rose to 7.53 in 2009 and to 8.58 in 2010 and he's only appeared in 27 games over those two seasons.
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