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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 said Thursday that contract extension talks with the White Sox "hasn't even been a topic of conversation."
"We haven't come close to crossing that bridge," Samardzija added. "We're all working on getting the team where we want. That's our main goal." Jeff Samardzija's agent, Mark Rodgers, said last month that his client would consider an extension with the Pale Hose, but it doesn't appear at this point either side is anxious to get negotiations going. Samardzija will make $9.8 million in his final season before free agency. Mar 5 - 11:15 PM

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Jeff Samardzija's agent, Mark Rodgers, said in an interview on SiriusXM Sunday that his client would consider signing an extension with the White Sox.

However, Rodgers noted that Samardzija will likely want to see "how it is" with the White Sox for half of a season before making any decision. Samardzija has seemed pretty adamant in the past about testing free agency next winter, but it sounds like the door could be cracked open a bit. Ultimately, it seems unlikely that the White Sox will lock him up before next offseason.
Feb 1 - 12:19 PM

White Sox and RHP Jeff Samardzija avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $9.8 million contract.

Samardzija earned the pay increase in his final year of arbitration eligibility after holding a 2.99 ERA, 1.065 WHIP, and 202/43 K/BB ratio in 219 2/3 innings this past season between the Cubs and Athletics. He'll serve as the White Sox' No. 2 starter behind Chris Sale in 2015.
Jan 16 - 2:05 PM

White Sox acquired RHP Jeff Samardzija and RHP Michael Ynoa from the Athletics for INF Marcus Semien, RHP Chris Bassitt, 1B Rangel Ravelo, and C Josh Phegley.

The parameters of this six-player swap were agreed to weeks ago and then finalized at the Winter Meetings in San Diego. Samardzija is obviously a big get for the Pale Hose, who can pair the right-hander up with left-handed ace Chris Sale for one of the best one-two rotation punches in baseball. Samardzija, 29, had an outstanding 2.99 ERA, 1.065 WHIP, and 202/43 K/BB ratio in 219 2/3 innings this past season between the Cubs and Athletics.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 12:34:00 PM

According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the White Sox are getting two players from the Athletics in the Jeff Samardzija trade.

Oakland will receive infielder Marcus Semien, right-hander Chris Bassitt, first baseman Rangel Ravelo, and catcher Josh Phegley. The six-player trade has been agreed upon, but no official announcement has been made yet by either club. Samardzija, 29, registered a 2.99 ERA, 1.065 WHIP, and 202/43 K/BB ratio over 219 2/3 innings this past season between the Cubs and Athletics. He joins a White Sox rotation that already includes ace left-hander Chris Sale.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 12:15:00 PM

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, a Jeff Samardzija deal between the White Sox and A's has been agreed to.

No word yet on the exact return package, but it's still believed that infielder Marcus Semien and right-hander Chris Bassitt are involved, along with a third prospect. USA Today's Bob Nightengale says the parameters of the trade have been agreed to for weeks, so a full announcement should be coming shortly. Samardzija, 29, posted a 2.99 ERA, 1.065 WHIP, and 202/43 K/BB ratio over 219 2/3 innings this past season between the Cubs and Athletics.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 01:17:00 AM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Athletics and White Sox agreed to the parameters of a Jeff Samardzija trade "several days ago."

The exact parameters aren't yet known, but the A's are expected to receive infielder Marcus Semien and prospects in the deal. An official announcement could come as soon as Tuesday.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 01:00:00 AM

John Hickey of Bay Area News Group reports that the Athletics are likely to trade right-hander Jeff Samardzija to the White Sox on Tuesday.

Things are "on hold" at the moment, which means that nothing will be finalized late Monday night. This essentially backs up what was reported by Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. It's believed that the White Sox will send Marcus Semien and prospects to Oakland in the deal.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 12:13:00 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Jeff Samardzija is "on the verge" of being traded.

Heyman says the White Sox are the "likely winner" in the Samardzija sweepstakes and FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal has confirmed that the righty is indeed close to heading to Chicago. Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan has reported that the White Sox would send Marcus Semien and prospects to the A's in the deal. Samardzija is projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to earn $9.5 million in his final year of arbitration before hitting free agency next winter.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 10:16:00 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the White Sox have engaged in "serious talks" with the Athletics about a trade for Jeff Samardzija and could be looming as the frontrunners.

The two teams have been linked in recent weeks and it appears that talks have been productive. No word on who the A's could acquire in return, but Marcus Semien and prospect Tim Anderson have been floated as possibilities. Samardzija posted a 2.99 and 202/43 K/BB ratio over 219 2/3 innings this past season and is due to become a free agent after 2015.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 08:35:00 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are among the teams that have expressed interest in Jeff Samardzija.

The White Sox and Braves have also been connected to Samardzija, though recent reports have suggested the righty is unlikely to wind up in Atlanta. Samardzija could be a backup plan for the Red Sox if they're unable to sign Jon Lester or trade for Cole Hamels, two other pitchers they've been heavily linked to.
Source: Boston Globe
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 10:14:00 AM

Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun Times reports that the White Sox are in discussions with the Athletics about acquiring right-hander Jeff Samardzija.

It's unclear at the moment if they are just in the initial talks, or if there is a serious trade brewing here. After Friday's blockbuster deal that sent Josh Donaldson to the Blue Jays, more moves are likely on the horizon in Oakland and Samardzija stands as good of a chance as anyone to be dealt. With a vacancy at the shortstop position, Alexei Ramirez is a player who that A's may have interest in.
Sat, Nov 29, 2014 12:25:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the potential trade that the Athletics are working on does not include right-hander Jeff Samardzija.

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported that the A's are close to what was called a "very significant deal" and that Jeff Samardzija was likely to be included. They do appear to be on the verge of something significant though and are expected to receive multiple players back in return. Stay tuned as this story continue to evolve.
Fri, Nov 28, 2014 09:09:00 PM

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics are close to a "very significant deal" involving Jeff Samardzija.

Slusser notes that the team would receive several pieces back in return, and that the A's are targeting hitters. The 29-year-old right-hander, who is set to hit free agency after the 2015 season, posted a terrific 2.99 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 202/43 K/BB ratio over 219 2/3 innings with the A's and Cubs in 2014.
Fri, Nov 28, 2014 08:40:00 PM

Jeff Samardzija was hammered for five earned runs in seven innings Saturday in a loss to Texas.

Samardzija struck out nine and did not issue a single walk, but the Rangers pounded him for eight hits -- including two home runs. Samardzija finishes the 2014 regular season with a 7-13 record, 2.99 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 202/43 K/BB ratio in 219 2/3 innings between the Cubs and A's.
Sat, Sep 27, 2014 11:31:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Tyler Flowers
2Geovany Soto
3Adrian Nieto
4Kevan Smith
5George Kottaras
1B1Jose Abreu
2B1Emilio Bonifacio
2Carlos Sanchez
3Micah Johnson
4Leury Garcia
SS1Alexei Ramirez
2Tyler Saladino
3B1Conor Gillaspie
2Gordon Beckham
3Andy LaRoche
LF1Melky Cabrera
2J.B. Shuck
CF1Adam Eaton
2Emilio Bonifacio
RF1Avisail Garcia
2Michael Taylor
DH1Adam LaRoche
2Andy Wilkins
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Sale
2Jeff Samardzija
3Jose Quintana
4John Danks
5Hector Noesi
6Francellis Montas
7Brad Penny
8Scott Carroll
9Chris Beck
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1David Robertson
2Zach Putnam
3Jake Petricka
4Zach Duke
5Daniel Webb
6Javy Guerra
7Jesse Crain
8Maikel Cleto
9Dan Jennings
10Eric Surkamp
11Onelki Garcia
12Joe Savery
13Matt Albers
14Nate Jones