Well, it kinda made sense.
Had the Cubs and Jeff Samardzija agreed to reunite, then awesome.
Coulda been Arrieta, Lester, Lackey, Samardzija, Hendricks/Hammel.
That's a serious improvement there, and with Samardzija you had to be banking on... well, he'll never be as bad as last year, right?
But it didn't happen.
Instead he went to the Giants for insane money - $90 million dollars and 5 years which prompted this tweet (which I got from this story):
When you hear Jed Hoyer explain that the Cubs will only do things that "make sense", doesn't that make you just so happy?
That the management on your team has vision, belief, a plan and the balls to stick with it?
The Giants look like that team who panicked because the Big Names had already signed and they felt they had to do something.
But man, ninety million dollars and 5 years is crazy.
I always felt bad for Samardzija because his career timing was just so horrible.
He got that crazy Hendry contract when he was still a football player, was immediately pressed into relief action and then began starting when the Cubs were awful.
He couldn't get a win to save his life.
That kind of came to a head when it looked like he was going to be named to the All-Star team as a winless Cub.
Instead, he got traded to the A's and had to spend the All-Star game as a man without a team, unable to pitch for either league.
Surreal and yet normal for the Cubs, who also had 2012 All-Star representation at 1st base from Bryan LaHair, who actually couldn't start even for the Cubs at 1st because Anthony Rizzo got called up.
Anyway, here are some other illustrations of Samardzija - I was surprised at first by how many there are (these aren't even all of them). But on the other hand, he was one of the only things to talk about for years.
This gif came after he got traded from the last place Cubs to the front-running Oakland Athletics and suddenly had to be good for real.
You can see the ups and downs and general inconsistency with Samardzija, and probably this last one is the most definitive so far:
I guess we'll see.