Cubs Press Conference Announced

Jim Hendry will be making some sort of announcement at 1:30 CST time today at the Cubs Convention. There's some radio reports from the Score that it will be to announce an extension for Carlos Zambrano in the $16 mil range, years unknown. It's still firmly planted in the rumor stage though. UPDATE: Told you it was a rumor, a mean, vicious rumor at that. It seems the press conference will be about 5th round pick Jeff Samardzija choosing the majesty of baseball over the brutality of football. You can read AZ Phil's post on recent developments in his contract as well. UPDATE #2: We've got all kinds of stories on this now and it appears to be a five year deal for $8 million in guaranteed money. A few reports seem to indicate it could be as high as $9 million and a number of incentives are sure to be included. UPDATE #3: The same ESPN link from above has been modified and says there's likely to be signing bonus that will push the deal in the $10 million range and the Cubs hold options for 2012 and 2013. FINAL UPDATE: Sullivan at the Trib says the bonus is for $2.5 million and he'll get $7.5 million over the next five years. The two club options in 2012 and 2013 could make the final deal worth up to 7 years and $16.5 million. THE FINAL, FINAL UPDATE: Oh yeah, there's a no-trade clause as well. Dumb. Samardzija offered to return the bonus money if he goes back to football. Yeah right!

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Nope, it is to announce Jeff Samardzija is picking baseball

The presser looks to be in regard to Samardzjia foregoing his NFL career to concentrate on baseball. Money is unclear but reportedly something like $9m guaranteed with a ton of incentives.

yeah that looks to be it. NBC affilitate here in South Bend confirmed the story.

Leyland on Neifi "the team might have made a mistake" when it acquired infielder Neifi Perez from the Chicago Cubs in August, telling WDFN-AM (1130) on Thursday that Perez "played terrible" in Detroit.

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AI...

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  • Hopefully Pirates don't call up A. Lincoln.

    jacos 9 hours 17 min ago view
  • j.buchanan going friday...should be...baseball...or something like it.

    crunch 9 hours 24 min ago view
  • Wow. I didn't know they could do that.

    Nice for Willson, not so much for Addy.

    billybucks 9 hours 41 min ago view
  • Game is officially called...also officially a tie.

    Stats count, no make-up date of course.

     

    Rob G. 9 hours 42 min ago view
  • Yeah -- seeing the weather -- I hope KB and Rizz are inside, wrapped in blankets and drinking hot chocolate.

    billybucks 10 hours 29 min ago view
  • rain delay...thanks obama.

    crunch 11 hours 7 min ago view
  • Thanks again Phil. We actually were in Mesa and drove around. Hopefully, I am back for some Fall League. If not I have all of spring training (like the smart people who move here!)

    rvimpeny 12 hours 11 min ago view
  • What Rob G said.  I can't speak for Piittsburgh, but the other end of the state has had absolute crap weather for two days. Perfect day to take it easy.

    Transmission 12 hours 15 min ago view
  • tarp came off 10 minutes ago...let's do this.

    crunch 12 hours 29 min ago view
  • He will not pitch another game for Cubs

    /Unless injury in playoffs

    jacos 12 hours 45 min ago view
  • ~fart~

    jacos 12 hours 46 min ago view
  • Today is bullpen day

    jacos 12 hours 47 min ago view
  • 10/450 if they win WS

    jacos 12 hours 47 min ago view
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    Carrie Muskat [email protected]
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    crunch 13 hours 4 min ago view
  • tarp on the field 40 minutes before gametime...meh.

    crunch 13 hours 7 min ago view
  • travel day + rain in Pittsburgh. Why risk injury?

    Rob G. 13 hours 10 min ago view