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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 had a rough day on the hill in Friday's Cactus League outing against the Cubs, allowing six runs on seven hits over his six innings of work.
On the plus side, Samardzija piled up nine strikeouts on the afternoon without issuing a walk. All of the damage against him came via the long ball, with Jorge Soler and Chris Coghlan each bashing two-run homers, and Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo tacking on solo shots. He owns a terrific 15/2 K/BB ratio over 17 1/3 innings in Cactus League play, but owns a disappointing 7.79 ERA which can be attributed to the eight home runs that he has surrendered. Mar 27 - 8:06 PM

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Jeff Samardzija has been named the White Sox' Opening Day starter.

It was expected after Chris Sale was ruled out for the opener, but it's still a high honor for the new Sox starter. Samardzija posted a 2.99 ERA and 202/43 K/BB ratio over 219 2/3 innings between the Cubs and Athletics last season.
Mar 25 - 6:49 PM

Jeff Samardzija was knocked around in a losing effort against the Brewers in Cactus League play on Sunday, giving up five runs on eight hits over 4 1/3 innings.

Samardzija struck out a pair on the afternoon without issuing a walk. Nearly all of the damage against him came from the long ball as Logan Schafer, Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy each tagged him for solo home runs. The veteran right-hander now boasts a troublesome 7.15 ERA through 11 1/3 innings in Arizona.
Mar 22 - 9:28 PM

Jeff Samardzija, making his Cactus League debut, yielded two runs in three innings versus the Athletics on Sunday.

Both runs scored in the bottom of the third. He allowed a lead-off double before recording two outs. The A's then hit a single and a double in succession. Along with those three hits, Samardzija walked one and struck out one. With Chris Sale sidelined due to an avulsion fracture, Samardzija could get the honor of starting on Opening Day.
Mar 8 - 8:38 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Tyler Flowers
2Geovany Soto
3George Kottaras
1B1Jose Abreu
2B1Emilio Bonifacio
2Carlos Sanchez
3Micah Johnson
SS1Alexei Ramirez
3B1Conor Gillaspie
2Gordon Beckham
3Andy LaRoche
LF1Melky Cabrera
2J.B. Shuck
CF1Adam Eaton
2Emilio Bonifacio
3Engel Beltre
RF1Avisail Garcia
DH1Adam LaRoche
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Sale
2Jeff Samardzija
3Jose Quintana
4John Danks
5Hector Noesi
6Scott Carroll
7Brad Penny
8Carlos Rodon
9Tyler Danish
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1David Robertson
2Zach Putnam
3Jake Petricka
4Zach Duke
5Javy Guerra
6Dan Jennings
7Jesse Crain
8Jairo Asencio
9Maikel Cleto
10Eric Surkamp
11Kyle Drabek
12Joe Savery
13Matt Albers
14Nate Jones