3 Reasons the Cubs Should Hold Off on Trading Samardzija This Winter

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3 Reasons the Cubs Should Hold Off on Trading Samardzija This Winter
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Jeff Samardzija should be toeing the rubber on Opening Day for the Cubs.

Most of the noise coming out of Chicago this winter (other than the strong gusts of wind during the recent winter vortex) has been concerning pitcher Jeff Samardzija's future with the Cubs. The former standout wide receiver from Notre Dame has been the talk of the town for all the wrong reasons this offseason. 

It seems that reports have been varying daily on Samardzija's future in Chicago. That's mostly due to the fact that neither the organization nor Samardzija himself is completely sure what the near future of the franchise holds. With so many top prospects waiting in the wings, the future looks bright, but Samardzija seems extremely reluctant to sign an extension at this point. 

As this winter comes to an end and makes way for spring, Samardzija should still be taking the ball on Opening Day for the Cubs. It's not necessarily because the pitcher figures to be in the Cubs' long-term plans, but for a number of other reasons. Here are three in particular that contend Shark should be a Cub to start 2014.

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