I'm a Notre Dame fan, and a fan of the Cubs and the Sox (due to my dad), and I'd love to see Samardzija succeed, but he really needs to be more consistent. I was hoping he'd stay with the Cubs, but I'm glad we didn't drop a ton of cash on him.
I'm hoping the Cubs will be improved this year, and at least be fun/interesting to watch. At this point I think playing .500 ball would be considered a success, despite what the talking heads say.
Disagree on Samardzija, Cubs should have kept him or at least signed another starting pitcher as good, in addition to Lester. They will have great offense with Starlin Castro, Bryant, Rizzo and Soler, Soler in particular should not be underestimated, he's a beast. And this is before Adisson Russell and/or Javier Baez come up.