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James Russell is crushed that the Cubs won’t re-sign Jeff Samardzija

“It’ll definitely be different if a guy like Jeff leaves. He’s been one of the staples around here. You just kind of put his face with the Cubs team. It’d be definite culture change.

“It’d be like taking one step forward and 10 steps back.”

-Cubs reliever James Russell on Chicago’s failed efforts to re-sign their ace (via the Chicago Sun-Times)

To which Cubs GM Jed Hoyer says “meh”.