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Jeff Samardzija reportedly turns down Cubs’ latest contract offer

Updated: June 19, 2014 1:49PM

Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija’s ticket out of Chicago appears to be punched after he reportedly turned down the club’s latest five-year offer for what a source said was close to the $17.5 million average of Reds pitcher Homer Bailey’s six-year deal.

The Sun-Times reported Monday that the Cubs had increased their five-year offer worth between $60 million and $65 million from earlier this year. Fox Sports reported Wednesday that the rejected offer was worth $85 million.

Samardzija has been on the trading block since the end of last season. Teams including the Blue Jays, Angels and Giants scouted his start Tuesday against the Marlins. The Braves, Orioles and Mariners have been linked to him. The non-waiver trade deadline is July 31.

Gordon Wittenmyer

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