RaginCaucasian Posted January 19, 2007 Share Posted January 19, 2007 Linky Updated: Jan. 19, 2007, 2:33 PM ET Cubs sign Samardzija to five-year, $8 million deal Notre Dame wide receiver Jeff Samardzija has decided to forego a pro football career for that of a baseball pitcher -- and he'll be well compensated for it. The Chicago Tribune reported Friday that Samardzija had signed a five-year deal to play baseball full-time, starting in the Chicago Cubs' minor league system. ESPN.com's Wayne Drehs reports the deal is worth $8 million, guaranteed. When the Cubs drafted Samardzija in the fifth round last June, giving him a $250,000 signing bonus, he intended to play both football and baseball professionally. Last season, Samardzija pitched for Class A Boise and Peoria, where he finished a combined 1-2 with a 2.70 earned run average. He struck out 17 and walked 12 in 30 innings. He is expected to start the season in Class A Peoria, where Cubs Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg will be the manager. Well, I hope he enjoys playing for a douchebag manager as Pinella isn't a guy with a "soft approach". Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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