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Cubs To Decline Option On Samardzija
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs plan to decline a $3 million option on right-hander Jeff Samardzija for 2012.

Samardzija, who was 8-4 with a 2.97 ERA in 75 relief appearances last season, is not arbitration eligible.

The former star wide receiver at Notre Dame signed a $10 million, five-year deal in 2007 after being selected in the fifth round of the 2006 amateur draft. He pitched in the minors that summer before returning to Notre Dame to finish his football career.

Samardzija, who has said he would like to be a starter, broke in with the Cubs in 2008. He has pitched in 128 games with five starts and is 12-9 with a 4.40 ERA. The team is expected to sign him to a lesser salary.

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