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Jeff Samardzija | Starting Pitcher

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (29) / 1/23/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Jeff Samardzija limited the Astros to one run and five hits over eight innings in a victory Thursday.
Samardzija struck out six and walked none against the accommodating Astros lineup. As a member of the Cubs, Samardzija went winless in six starts this year when he allowed one or no runs. He's now 2-0 for the A's in such outings. Jul 24 - 6:55 PM

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Jeff Samardzija surrendered four runs in seven innings Friday against the Orioles in his third start for the A's.

The A's let him off the hook in the end, saving him from what would have been his second loss for his new team. Two-run homers from Jonathan Schoop and Manny Machado accounted for the Orioles' runs. He had given up just two homers with runners on in 19 starts coming into the night.
Jul 19 - 12:57 AM

Jeff Samardzija took a complete-game loss after giving up three runs in eight innings Friday against the Mariners.

It was Samardzija's fourth career complete game and first of 2014. He allowed five hits, walked none and struck out five.
Jul 12 - 12:59 AM

Jeff Samardzija allowed just one run over seven innings in a 4-2 win over the Blue Jays, earning his first win in an Athletics uniform on Sunday.

Samardzija had just two wins through 17 starts with the Cubs, so he'll certainly enjoy playing with a much better A's club. The right-hander allowed just four hits and a walk on the day, striking out five. It was a good debut and set the tone for what should be a good second half for Samardzija and fantasy owners. He's got one more start before the break, which will come Friday at the Mariners.
Jul 6 - 10:41 PM

Athletics acquired RHP Jeff Samardzija and RHP Jason Hammel from the Cubs for SS Addison Russell, RHP Dan Straily, OF Billy McKinney and a player to be named or cash considerations.

Parting with Russell may seem like a lot for the A’s to give up, but it appears as though general manager Billy Beane is going for it all this season. The Athletics already owned one of the top rotations in all of baseball, and the addition of Samardzija and Hammel make them even more formidable, especially in a playoff series. In acquiring both Cubs hurlers, they also limit the pool of potential acquisitions from other American League teams looking for rotation upgrades. Samardzija has been outstanding this season, posting a 2.83 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 103/31 K/BB ratio over 108 innings, and should see his numbers improve with the move away from Wrigley Field to the spacious confines in Oakland.
Jul 5 - 12:08 PM

Jeff Samardzija is expected to debut with the Athletics on Sunday against the Blue Jays.

While the trade has yet to be officially announced, Samardzija has boarded a plane and is headed for Oakland. He should see a massive upgrade to his fantasy value, going from the hitter friendly Wrigley Field, to the spacious grounds and vast foul territory in Oakland, not to mention the huge upgrade in offensive talent backing him.
Jul 5 - 10:39 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Athletics have acquired Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Cubs.

The Cubs will receive top prospect shortstop Addison Russell in return, but other players and teams may be involved. It's a blockbuster deal for Oakland, who have bolstered their starting rotation in one fell swoop. It's clear that they are going for the gold this year.
Jul 4 - 10:54 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Cubs and Athletics are in serious talks on a potential big trade.

The Athletics are in need of rotation help, and the Cubs are actively shopping Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, so there could very easily be a match here. Rosenthal also notes that A's top prospect Addison Russell has been discussed in a potential deal with the Cubs.
Jul 4 - 9:12 PM

Jeff Samardzija was shelled for six runs -- five earned -- over five innings Saturday by the Nationals.

Samardzija struck out six and didn't walk a batter, but the Nats tagged him for seven hits -- including two home runs. The right-hander is now 2-7 on the season with a 2.83 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 103/31 K/BB ratio in 108 innings. He will pitch at Washington next.
Jun 28 - 11:13 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Mariners have shown interest in Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel.

Heyman notes that the M's might be better off adding a hitter, but that they're "said to like (Samardzija) very much." They seem to be less enamored with Hammel since he'll be a free agent after the season. The Mariners are about tapped out financially but have some trade chips to use for a guy like Samardzija if that's the route they ultimately decide to take.
Jun 25 - 11:58 AM

FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Blue Jays had pro scouting director, Perry Minasian, attend Jeff Samardzija's start on Monday.

It's not surprising to hear that the Blue Jays continue to monitor Samardzija, as the two sides are a natural fit. Morosi hears "strong indications" that the Cubs would deal Samardzija to Toronto for a package of prospects including right-hander Aaron Sanchez, left-hander Daniel Norris and center fielder Dalton Pompey. As of now, the Blue Jays may be willing to deal only one or two players from that group. Something will have to give in order for a deal to get done by the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
Source: FOX Sports
Jun 24 - 9:46 AM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that Jeff Samardzija has rejected a five-year extension from the Cubs.

Morosi says the new offer was for $85 million. Samardzija is thought to be looking for a contract closer to $100-plus million, which has become the standard for top-tier starting pitchers. It seems highly likely that the Cubs will trade the 29-year-old right-hander before this year's deadline. He is under their control through 2015.
Jun 18 - 6:52 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman confirms that the Cubs have made a new five-year extension offer to Jeff Samardzija.

But, as Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reported earlier this week, that offer was well below the $100-plus million guarantee that Samardzija is thought to be seeking. Heyman suspects it was in the $75-80 million range. Samardzija, who's currently under contract through 2015, seems likely to be traded by the Cubs before this year's deadline. His agent has not made a counter offer.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 18 - 5:56 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Giants and Royals each had a "high-level scout" evaluating Jeff Samardzija's start Tuesday in Miami.

The Giants had previously been mentioned as a potential player for Samardzija, but this is the first we've heard of the Royals possibly being interested. The Blue Jays are also thought to be hot on the trail of the right-hander, and the Cubs have reportedly been scouting Toronto minor leaguers. The Cubs recently reached out to Samardzija with a new offer on a possible contract extension, but it's pretty obvious that that was a ploy to drive up the righty's price. Samardzija will be wearing a different uniform by the trade deadline.
Jun 18 - 10:38 AM

Jeff Samardzija struck out eight while allowing three runs -- two earned -- over six innings of a no-decision against the Marlins on Tuesday.

It wasn't his best start of the year, as he gave up seven hits and three walks in his six innings. Still, Samardzija left in line for his third win of the season before his teammates found yet another way to deprive him of a victory. The right-hander has a 2.78 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 90/29 K/BB ratio over 97 innings, but he's got just a 2-6 record to show for it. He'll continue trying for that third win Monday against the Reds.
Jun 17 - 11:23 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1John Jaso
2Derek Norris
3Stephen Vogt
1B1Brandon Moss
2B1Alberto Callaspo
2Eric Sogard
3Nick Punto
SS1Jed Lowrie
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Coco Crisp
2Craig Gentry
RF1Josh Reddick
DH1Kyle Blanks
2Nate Freiman
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Sonny Gray
2Jeff Samardzija
3Scott Kazmir
4Jason Hammel
5Jesse Chavez
6A.J. Griffin
7Jarrod Parker
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Jim Johnson
3Luke Gregerson
4Ryan Cook
5Dan Otero
6Eric O'Flaherty
7Fernando Abad
8Evan Scribner