7/22/2013 10:51 P.M. ET
Samardzija isn't thinking about long-term deal
By Carrie Muskat / MLB.com
PHOENIX -- Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija will be arbitration eligible for the second time after the 2013 season. The Cubs have given long-term deals to Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo, but considering that the team is still in rebuilding mode, has Samardzija thought about a possible long-term contract?
"I haven't thought about that too much, to tell you the truth," Samardzija said Monday. "I haven't had too many talks with my agent outside of bill paying and insurance paying and taxes, which are always the most fun conversations. We'll see what happens in the offseason.
"There's still a long time to play here, and I'm not nearly as close to where I want to be," he said. "I'm going to work hard in the last 12, 13, 14 starts, and we'll cross that bridge when we get there. Right now, we need to grow as a team and gel as quickly as possible and try to win as many games as we can."
Alfonso Soriano's name also has been mentioned in trade rumors for teams looking for a right-handed bat.
"I don't want to think about it, I don't want to talk or hear my name at the Trade Deadline," Soriano said. "It's part of the game, but I'm not going to pay attention and just play my game and work hard."
• When Junior Lake was called up from Triple-A Iowa, Cubs manager Dale Sveum considered having him lead off until the outfielder said he was going to swing at the first pitch.
"I said, 'Today, for real, you're leading off,' and he just smiled," Sveum said Monday.
Lake did lead off for the Cubs, and he did swing at the first pitch, grounding out to shortstop.
• The Cubs acquired third baseman Mike Olt from the Rangers in the Matt Garza deal, and he will go to Triple-A Iowa. What does that mean for Josh Vitters, who just returned from the disabled list and had been playing third? Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Olt will get the majority of playing time at third, while Vitters can play outfield.
• Outfielder David DeJesus, rehabbing from a sprained right shoulder, was 1-for-4 with a double and struck out twice on Sunday for the Cubs' Rookie League team. If all goes well, DeJesus could be activated by the end of the week.
Third baseman Kris Bryant, the Cubs' No. 1 pick in the June Draft, made his pro debut on Sunday with the Rookie League team, and was 0-for-3 and made three errors (two throwing, one fielding) but also made a nice catch in the second.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.