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Jeff Samardzija | Starting Pitcher

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (30) / 1/23/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Jeff Samardzija fell to 8-11 in Saturday's loss to the Mariners, coughing up five runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings.
Samardizja's struggled with consistency throughout the season and Saturday's loss saw more of the same, as he put the White Sox in a 5-0 hole through four innings, but also ended his time on the mound with eight strikeouts. Weird. The 30-year-old right-hander will take a sketchy 4.85 ERA and 1.29 WHIP into his next start, a road tilt with the Royals. Aug 29 - 11:31 PM

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Jeff Samardzija earned his 10th loss on Monday against the Red Sox, serving up five runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Rusney Castillo was Samardzija's worst enemy, accounting for all five runs. He hit a three-run home run in the second inning and a two-run double in the sixth. Overall, the right-hander allowed eight hits, walked two, and struck out seven. Samardzija continues to pitch inconsistently, carrying a 4.75 ERA with a 1.27 WHIP and a 134/37 K/BB ratio over 171 1/3 innings. He'll try for better results in a home start against the Mariners.
Aug 24 - 11:49 PM

Jeff Samardzija kept the Angels in check during Wednesday's loss, allowing one run on eight hits over seven innings.

Samardzija and Angels starter Jered Weaver were locked in a scoreless pitcher's duel through five innings, but it would be Samardzija who broke first. The veteran right-hander served up a solo home run to Carlos Perez with one out in the sixth, the only run to score against him over seven innings. It was enough to drop him to 8-9 on the season. Despite the strong start, Samardzija's struggled to find some level of consistency for the season as a whole, hence his 4.64 ERA and 1.25 WHIP. He'll work to build off Wednesday's nice outing in a scheduled home date with the Red Sox next time he toes the rubber.
Aug 20 - 1:04 AM

Jeff Samardzija struggled in a losing effort against the Cubs on Friday, surrendering six runs on nine hits over his six innings.

The Shark struck out five on the afternoon and walked two against his former club. His biggest problem was his inability to keep the ball in the yard, as he gave up a pair of home runs to Chris Coghlan and another to Anthony Rizzo. He'll look to improve upon a troublesome 4.78 ERA when he takes on the Angels in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
Aug 14 - 7:34 PM

Jeff Samardzija struggled in Saturday's loss to the Royals, yielding seven runs on six hits over 4 2/3 innings.

Samardzija didn't allow a run through the first three innings. The next two frames? Different story. Three runs scored in the fourth inning after he loaded the bases on a single and two walks with nobody out and the Royals would plate an additional four in the fifth inning to drive him from the game. The 30-year-old right-hander has allowed 16 runs in his last two starts and holds a 4.62 ERA and 1.22 WHIP for the year. While he's capable of pitching better than this, the inconsistency is somewhat maddening. A home start against the Cubs is up next on his schedule.
Aug 8 - 10:01 PM

Jeff Samardzija was rocked in Sunday's 12-3 loss to the Yankees, allowing nine runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings.

After surrendering a solo home run to Jacoby Ellsbury to open the game, Samardzija would not allow another run until the fourth inning. At which point, the Yankees erupted for five runs. The Bombers achieved this feat without an extra-base hit in the frame, as they slowly and methodically wore Samardzija down with a barrage of singles. The 30-year-old right-hander would trot back out for the fifth inning and the Yankees would greet him with an additional three runs to end his afternoon. This start was something of a disaster, but he had been pitching to a 2.66 ERA over his last eight starts. Overall, Samardzija holds a 4.19 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 114/29 K/BB ratio across 153 innings. A road start against the Royals is up next on the docket.
Aug 2 - 5:54 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that teams have "checked back in" with the White Sox on Jeff Samardzija, but it's "still not that likely" he's traded.

The White Sox sit only 3.5 games out of a Wild Card spot and appear poised to hold their assets and possibly even add to the club. FOX Sports' Jon Morosi says the club is keeping an open mind and hasn't completely ruled out dealing Samardzija. The righty's fantasy owners surely would prefer a trade given the home park he's in and the poor defense behind him. The good news is that he's been really good of late in spite of those factors, posting a 2.66 ERA over his last eight starts.
Jul 31 - 11:31 AM

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press hears that the White Sox will be buyers at the trade deadline.

This comes on the heels of FOX Sports' Jon Morosi saying that he thinks it's likelier that the Tigers trade David Price than the White Sox trade Jeff Samardzija. Chicago has won six straight to creep back into the Wild Card race and it appears they'll be content with a compensation pick for Samardzija rather than a package of prospects.
Jul 29 - 11:03 AM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi thinks there's a "better chance" that the Tigers trade David Price than the White Sox trade Jeff Samardzija.

The White Sox suddenly have a better record than the Tigers after winning six straight and might decide to make a run at a Wild Card spot. It's certainly still possible another club makes an offer for Samardzija that they can't refuse, but the righty has pitched really well of late and Chicago could just settle on receiving draft pick compensation for him if he leaves as a free agent.
Jul 29 - 8:17 AM

Jeff Samardzija allowed four runs over eight innings in Tuesday's win over the Red Sox.

Samardzija cruised through most of the first eight innings, allowing only two runs, but he stumbled trying to close out the game in the ninth. The right-hander allowed a run and another inherited runner scored after he left, depriving him of a quality start and marring his overall line on the night. Samardzija gave up seven hits and a walk in the game, striking out three in what could be his final start with the White Sox. If he's still in a Sox uniform come Sunday, Samardzija will take on the Yankees.
Jul 28 - 10:15 PM

According to Dan Hayes of, the Blue Jays have been most aggressive on Jeff Samardzija.

Hayes adds that the Giants are also interested. Samardzija owns a 3.91 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 108/26 K/BB ratio in 140 1/3 innings this season with the White Sox and he's been especially dominant lately. The 30-year-old impending free agent should yield a nice return package. It looked for a while like the Pale Hose might have to sell low on him.
Jul 27 - 12:41 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays "remain in active discussions" with the White Sox about Jeff Samardzija.

The Jays will almost surely add an impact starter at the trade deadline and Samardzija could be the most likely target, as they've been linked to him for a while now. The big right-hander has disappointed overall with the White Sox this season but has been terrific of late with a 1.71 ERA in four July starts. Samardzija, of course, will be a free agent after this season.
Jul 24 - 11:47 AM

Jeff Samardzija held the Indians to one run in eight innings Thursday to pick up his seventh victory.

It'd be best for Samardzija's future if he got a trade, but he's made that a little less likely to happen by allowing a total of six runs over 31 2/3 innings in his last four starts, three of which turned into wins for the White Sox. It's still more likely than not that he'll go, but the White Sox think they might yet have a wild card run in them.
Jul 23 - 10:14 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the White Sox are in "listening mode" and Jeff Samardzija is "most likely to go."

Samardzija is a free agent this offseason and the White Sox currently stand 13 games back of the Royals in the American League Central standings. There's no reason to keep him around beyond the July 31 deadline if he can fetch some young talent. The 30-year-old right-hander has been good but not great in his first year with Chicago, carrying a 4.08 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 105/26 K/BB ratio through 132 1/3 innings.
Jul 20 - 11:29 AM

Jeff Samardzija took the loss Friday, yielding four runs over seven frames to the Royals.

As usual, Samardzija was able to eat innings, but also as usual, he just made too many mistakes. The right-hander walked three on the day, struck out only three and served up a pair of home runs. The stuff certainly still looks there from Samardzija, but it's been a terribly frustrating year for him and his fantasy owners. The righty will take a 4.08 ERA into Cleveland next weekend.
Jul 17 - 5:53 PM

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