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Jeff Samardzija | Starting Pitcher | #29

Team: San Francisco Giants
Age / DOB:  (31) / 1/23/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Notre Dame
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 5 (0) / CHC
Contract: view contract details
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Jeff Samardzija indicated as his introductory press conference with the Giants on Friday that he believes he was tipping his pitches last season.
"When you’re tipping your pitches it’s hard to have a ton of success out there" the right-hander quipped. He claims that they corrected the issue before his final two starts of 2015, where he looked dominant against the hard-hitting Tigers and World Champion Royals. If that is indeed the reason for his struggles in 2015, combined with his move back to the National League and into a pitcher-friendly yard, Samardzija could be poised for a tremendous season in his first year in San Francisco. Fri, Dec 11, 2015 09:57:00 PM
Source: CSN Bay Area

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According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Jeff Samardzija will receive a $9 million signing bonus as part of his contract with the Giants.

The signing bonus will be dished out with $3 million up front, then $1.5 million per season over the final four years. Samardzija will receive a salary of $9 million in 2015, then $18 million per season each of the next four years. Even after a rough season, it looks as though the Shark was wise to reject the White Sox qualifying offer and gamble on himself in free agency. The Giants will also be forced to surrender their first round pick (19th overall) to the White Sox for signing the right-hander.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 03:38:00 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Dodgers were the runners up in the negotiations for Jeff Samardzija.

After getting outbid by the Diamondbacks for Zack Greinke on Friday, its the Giants that seemingly get the best of the Dodgers on Saturday. Many prognosticators now believe that Johnny Cueto will be the next target for the Dodgers, but with the market thinning rapidly, they may have to act swiftly and perhaps overpay to secure the right-hander.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 02:58:00 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the Cardinals had mild interest in Jeff Samardzija before he signed with the Giants on Saturday.

Goold notes that their interest was limited by their pursuit of another free agent starting pitcher, perhaps Mike Leake. It seems unlikely that the Cardinals would be in the market for Johnny Cueto, so a second tier option like Leake or Wei-Yin Chen seems much more plausible.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 02:41:00 PM

Giants signed RHP Jeff Samardzija to a five-year, $90 million contract.

Alex Pavlovic of CSNBayArea.com reported the signing while Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown provided the contract details. After the Diamondbacks swooped in and stole Zack Greinke on Friday, the Giants moved on aggressively to ensure they got the next guy on their list. The 30-year-old right-hander was a major disappointment with the White Sox in 2015 and sports a career 4.09 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 8.2 K/9 over 991 2/3 innings in his career. It's a terrific year to be a free agent starting pitcher.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 01:39:00 PM

Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports that the Giants have agreed to a five-year $90 million contract with Jeff Samardzija.

With the biggest names off the market, it was only a matter of time before action heated up on the secondary arms. After missing out on Zack Greinke, the Giants wasted no time adding another quality arm to slot in behind Madison Bumgarner in their rotation. Samardzija should benefit greatly from a return to the National League.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 01:25:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals "have checked in" on Jeff Samardzija.

Heyman says there is "a long list of teams" interested in the right-hander. The Giants are looking at Samardzija as a backup plan if they're unable to sign Zack Greinke, and the Cubs have interest in a reunion with the righty but reportedly don't like his $90-100 million price tag. Samardzija could be the Cards' Plan B after they finished runner-up in the David Price sweepstakes.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 12:13:00 PM

ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Cubs remain interested in Jeff Samardzija, but the "buzz in the industry is that his price is rising beyond their comfort level."

Samardzija's asking price looks to be in the $90-100 million range at the moment, which is pretty healthy for a guy coming off a poor season. However, he has among the biggest upside of the arms that are left, so it's not terribly surprising in this market that he's going to get that much. The Giants and Cardinals are two other clubs that are also interested in Samardzija.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 11:41:00 AM

Bruce Levine of 670 The Score hears $18 million is "the going (average annual value)" for a contract for free agent Jeff Samardzija.

Levine also says one team has offered the Shark a contract worth $90 million, lending credence to the claims from Samardzija's camp that they've received a nine-figure offer from a club. It goes to show how flush teams are with cash that a 30-year-old who had a 4.96 ERA last year can garner that sort of commitment from an organization. The Cubs and Giants are two teams said to have some level of interest in the right-hander this winter.
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 09:18:00 PM

A source tells Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that Jeff Samardzija and Mike Leake represent "Plan B" for the Giants if they lose out on Zack Greinke.

The Giants and Dodgers are currently waiting on Greinke to make a decision, after which the loser will likely turn its attention to alternatives. For the Giants, those are Samardzija and Leake as well as John Lackey, per Rosenthal. Samardzija, 30, is said to have a $100 million offer on the table from #mysteryteam after posting a 4.96 ERA over 32 starts with the White Sox last season.
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 05:10:00 PM

Jayson Stark of ESPN hears from teams negotiating with Jeff Samardzija that the free agent right-hander claims to have a $100 million offer on the table.

Some have looked at Samardzija as a potential bargain coming off a down year, but this report suggests otherwise. One reason he's such a popular name is that he doesn't have nearly as much mileage on his arm as some of the other free agent starters. The Cubs and Giants are among the teams who are reportedly interested in the 30-year-old.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 02:09:00 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Giants "have long had interest" in Jeff Samardzija.

The Giants are going hard after free agent right-hander Zack Greinke, but Samardzija could be Plan B if he ends up going back to the Dodgers. The 30-year-old posted a 4.96 ERA over 32 starts with the White Sox this past season, but he could really benefit with a move back to the NL and a pitcher-friendly ballpark. The Giants would make sense if things don't work out with Greinke.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 11:35:00 AM

ESPN's Buster Olney writes that Jeff Samardzija is "gaining increased notice" on the free agent market.

Samardzija is coming off a disappointing 2015 with the White Sox where he posted a 4.96 ERA over 32 starts, but Olney writes that teams are intrigued by him since he has less mileage on his arm than other pitchers at this stage. The 30-year-old rejected a qualifying offer to test free agency, so he's tied to draft pick compensation.
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 01:39:00 PM

MLB.com's Phil Rogers reports the Cubs have interest in free agent starter Jeff Samardzija.

Rogers says Samardzija was hanging out with Cubs president Theo Epstein on Wednesday night in Chicago. "The Shark" came up through the Cubs' system and had quite a bit of success in that organization, from being selected out of Notre Dame in 2006 to his departure via trade in the middle of 2014. He struggled in 2015 for the White Sox, but health doesn't seem to be an issue and the 30-year-old right-hander has a commendable track record as both a starter and reliever. Samardzija rejected a one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer from the Sox, so his free agency is tied to draft pick compensation.
Thu, Nov 19, 2015 12:10:00 PM

RHP Jeff Samardzija has rejected the White Sox' one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer.

The right-hander put up a disappointing 4.96 ERA in 32 starts this season for the White Sox, but he won't have trouble getting a large multi-year contract this winter. Samardzija will turn 31 in January.
Fri, Nov 13, 2015 05:14:00 PM

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2Andrew Susac
3Trevor Brown
4George Kottaras
5Miguel Olivo
1B1Brandon Belt
2Kyle Blanks
3Travis Ishikawa
2B1Joe Panik
2Kelby Tomlinson
3Ramiro Pena
SS1Brandon Crawford
2Ehire Adrianza
3Hak-Ju Lee
3B1Matt Duffy
LF1Angel Pagan
2Gregor Blanco
3Jarrett Parker
CF1Denard Span
2Gorkys Hernandez
RF1Hunter Pence
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S1Madison Bumgarner
2Johnny Cueto
3Jeff Samardzija
4Jake Peavy
5Chris Heston
6Matt Cain
7Clayton Blackburn
8Kyle Crick
9Ty Blach
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PosRoleName
R1Santiago Casilla
2Sergio Romo
3Javier Lopez
4Hunter Strickland
5George Kontos
6Ian Gardeck
7Steven Okert
8Cory Gearrin
9Jacob Smith
10Josh Osich
11Michael Broadway
12Vin Mazzaro
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