Chicago Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija has potentially earned himself a contract extension with his breakthrough 2012 season, but he told the Chicago Tribune on Sunday that it's not something he's worrying about.
"I signed a nice contract coming out of college, and I don't have many expenses," said Samardzija, who signed a five-year, $10 million contract in 2007. "I don't have that many bills to pay. So I don't really need any money, to tell you the truth. I'm not asking for anything. I'm asking to pitch. I'm asking to pitch every fifth day, and I'm asking to pitch a lot."
Samardzija has a $3.5 million option in 2013, when he'll be eligible for arbitration. In 24 starts this season, Samardzija has a 4.17 ERA but a 1.28 WHIP. He's also struck out 146 batters in 144.2 innings.