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Rumor Central: Jeff Samardzija wants to stay in San Francisco

Jeff Samardzija's contract allows him to block trades to all but eight teams. Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports

With the San Francisco Giants out of the playoff hunt, it wouldn't be a shock to see Jeff Samardzija's name in trade chatter. But the pitcher likely won't be on the move, especially because he has a say in the matter.

Rumor CentralAndrew Baggarly of San Jose's Mercury News reports that Samardzija is unwilling to lift his no-trade clause, which allows him to reject any trade to 22 teams.

"Obviously it hasn't gone the way we wanted it to, which has put some people in some trade talks," Samardzija said. "But we also know that we have a great core of guys here [and] as long as we do our jobs and have confidence and momentum and excitement, we're going to do really well."

He added to Baggarly that he loves being in San Francisco.

Samardzija, 32, is in the second year of a five-year, $90 million deal that brought him to San Francisco last season after a year with the Chicago White Sox. He has struggled to a 5-11 record this season with a 4.85 ERA. One thing the right-hander can provide to any team is innings, as he has topped 200 frames each of the past four seasons.

Of the eight teams that Samardzija can be traded to without his permission, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington Nationals and New York Yankees all are in the market for starting pitching but seem to be focused on higher-end options. It remains to be seen if a market will develop around Samardzija, but he maintains some control of his destiny.

--Sam Henken