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Jeff Samardzija a good rotation gamble

Updated: March 29, 2012, 1:46 PM ET
By Keith Law

The word out of Mesa is that Jeff Samardzija has won a spot in the Cubs' rotation, beating out Randy Wells and Travis Wood, who were both demoted to Triple-A Iowa.

Samardzija, who began his pro career as a starter in the minors before being moved to the bullpen, threw six scoreless innings on Wednesday against the Cleveland Indians. While it wasn't a great outing, it was certainly the best combination of stuff and feel that I've seen from Samardzija, who up until this spring looked like nothing more than bullpen cannon fodder. I'm far from sold on him as some kind of beast in the rotation, but at least now there's something there that wasn't there before.

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