When the Cubs demoted pitcher Jeff Samardzija to Triple-A Iowa to make room for Ted Lilly, the team used his last option, meaning he will have to clear waivers the next time the Cubs try to demote him to Triple-A. Cubs VP of Player Personnel Oneri Fleita clarified the issue:
Samardzija owns a career 5.89 ERA in 50 career appearances, but aside from a successful brief stint in 2008, Samardzija has never returned to form.
We can expect teams to keep an eye on Samardzija this season in Iowa. Since it has been confirmed that Samardzija will be in the bullpen, it is safe to say that the Cubs believe that's where his future will be, at least in the short-term.
It is possible the Cubs would try to move Samardzija in a deal as a part of package for a bigger name player. The Cubs are in the search for a set-up man / closer, but would also benefit from the addition of a starting pitcher, especially if Ted Lilly does not return in 2011.
What do you think the Cubs should do with him?