MLB notes: Cubs, pitcher Samardzija to talk contract

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first...

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Wrigley Field on June 7, 2014. (David Banks/USA TODAY Sports)

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Chicago Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija is performing like an ace, and the team might be ready to make one last attempt to pay him like one.

Samardzija, who boasts a 2-6 record and 2.77 ERA, is in the final year of his contract and earning $5.3 million, awarded via arbitration. His name is a popular one in trade rumor mills, but with Samardzija matching up with opponents’ No. 1 starters and holding his own, the Cubs are leaning toward trying to keep him around if the price is right.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported a deal that averages $17.5 million — in line with the six-year, $105 million deal the Cincinnati Reds gave Homer Bailey in February — will likely be required to retain Samardzija. Bailey’s deal includes a $25 million mutual option in 2020, when he will be 34.

Samardzija is 29 years old, and a six-year deal would run through his age 35 season.

If the two sides cannot find middle ground, the Cubs could still choose to part with the right-hander to add prospects to their ongoing rebuilding effort.

MASSET BANNED

Major League Baseball suspended Colorado Rockies pitcher Nick Masset for three games as a result of his actions in a game against the Atlanta Braves on June 12.

Masset was also fined an undisclosed amount for intentionally throwing at Atlanta’s Evan Gattis in the top of the ninth inning of Thursday’s game at Coors Field in Denver.

Braves pitcher David Carpenter also was fined for intentionally throwing at Colorado’s Corey Dickerson in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Unless he files an appeal, Masset’s suspension will begin June 17 when the Rockies face the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

BYE-BYE SIZEMORE

The Grady Sizemore experiment is over in Boston as the Red Sox designated the outfielder for assignment Tuesday.

The 31-year-old Sizemore was hitting .216 with 10 doubles, two triples, two home runs and 15 RBIs. Sizemore was off to a solid start, but has struggled recently as the Red Sox have fallen to six games below .500. He was hitting .187 since April 15.

The Red Sox signed the oft-injured outfielder after losing Jacoby Ellsbury to free agency. The Red Sox called up Garin Cecchini to replace Sizemore on the roster.

POMERANZ ON DL

One day after breaking his right hand, the Oakland Athletics placed left-handed starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. Later in the day, the A’s acquired right-handed minor-league pitcher Brad Mills from the Milwaukee Brewers for cash.

The 25-year-old Pomeranz has compiled a 5-4 record with a 2.91 ERA this season. He had pitched out of the bullpen this season before being moved into the starting rotation. Pomeranz started Monday night’s game but lasted only 3 2/3 innings. He gave up seven earned runs in his worst outing of the season.

Pomeranz broke his hand punching a wooden chair out of frustration after leaving the game.

Mills, 29, has compiled a 7.76 ERA during an undistinguished 53 innings in the majors. Mills, however, has been stellar at triple-A this year with a 1.56 ERA.

TRIBE SIGN ZIMMER

The Cleveland Indians signed outfielder Bradley Zimmer, their first-round pick in this year’s First-Year Player Draft.

The 6-foot-4 left-handed hitting outfielder was the 21st selection in the draft. He hit .368 with 10 doubles, seven triples, seven home runs and 31 RBIs for the University of San Francisco Dons as a junior this past season.

He was named a 2014 pre-season All-American selection by Louisville Slugger, Baseball America and Perfect Game USA. He is also one of 30 finalists for the Golden Spikes Award that will be announced on July 17.


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