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Still a strong difference of opinion between Jeff Samardzija and Cubs in long-term contract talks: "If there wasn't a gap, we would have already signed."

A reliever for years, Jeff has been a strong starter for the Cubs the past two seasons. Samardzija's representatives are likely touting his K per inning arm and future outlook while the Cubs' folks are likely pointing to a 17-20 record and 4+ ERA trying to get Samardzija to sign for less than he wants. ANALYST: Ray Flowers
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