Chicago Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija has shrugged off trade rumors and manager Dale Sveum said Sunday that any rumor about his right-hander being dealt is “silly.”
Yet the Cubs listened to Arizona when the Diamondbacks asked their asking price for Samardzija and other teams have inquired as well. CBSSports.com’s Jon Heymnan wrote the only reason the Cubs “are looking around at all is that Samardzija has shown little interest yet in doing a long-term deal at least not one in the ballpark of what the Cubs offered.”

Samardzija turned down a five-year deal last winter and is not a free agent until after 2015 so there is plenty of time for the two sides to come to an agreement.

If Samardzija continues to improve at the same rate as his last two seasons his value should skyrocket in the next two years. So does it make sense to listen at this point? Or should the Cubs consider him an untouchable for any price?