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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 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

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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 CSNChicago.com, 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

Jeff Samardzija dominated the Blue Jays in a 2-0 win on Thursday, hurling a complete game shutout on just four hits allowed.

Samardzija's ERA sat at an unsightly 4.98 after he was shelled by the Tigers for six runs on June 7. Since then, he's marched that number down almost a full run over the course of six starts. On Thursday, he tossed a complete game shutout against the Blue Jays in what was probably his best start of the season. His recent run of competence could increase trade interest in the veteran, who is already popping up in multiple rumors. He's been linked to the Astros and Blue Jays thus far. Regardless of where he lands--or if he lands anywhere--Samardzija currently sports a 4.02 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 102/23 K/BB ratio over 125 1/3 innings.
Jul 9 - 4:30 PM

Jeff Samardzija pitched brilliantly in a no-decision against the Orioles on Saturday, allowing just one run on three hits over 7 2/3 innings.

The Shark racked up nine strikeouts on the afternoon while issuing a pair of free passes. The only damage against him came on an inherited runner that rode home on Manny Machado's home run after Samardzija had departed. A popular name in trade rumblings, he'll carry a 4.33 ERA and 97/22 K/BB ratio into Thursday's start against the Blue Jays.
Jul 4 - 5:09 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Jeff Samardzija "is on the list" of the Blue Jays.

Samardzija has already been dealt twice over the last year and the impending free agent is likely to be on the move again with the White Sox out of contention. The right-hander has put up a disappointing 4.56 ERA this season, but his stuff looks to be intact and he would be a welcome upgrade to the Blue Jays' rotation.
Jul 3 - 9:10 AM

Jeff Samardzija was terrific for most of Sunday but lost it late in a loss to the Tigers.

"Shark" dominated the Tigers for seven shutout innings but came apart in the eighth. Or, rather, he was hung out to dry by White Sox manager Robin Ventura in the eighth. After hitting Ian Kinsler with a bases-loaded pitch, Samardzija looked to empty the tank when he bounced back to strike out Miguel Cabrera. Ventura stuck with the righty, though, and Victor Martinez cleared the bases with a double. It's been a maddeningly inconsistent season for Samardzija, who now has a 4.56 ERA and just one win over his last seven starts. He'll take on the Orioles next weekend.
Jun 28 - 4:31 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Astros "remain interested" in Jeff Samardzija.

Rosenthal first connected Houston to Samardzija back in mid-May, noting that Astros scouts had been monitoring the 30-year-old right-hander's outings. And they still are. Samardzija owns an ugly 4.53 ERA in 101 1/3 innings this season for Chicago, but Rosenthal notes that the White Sox defense is partly to blame. He'd probably fare much better from a fantasy perspective in Houston, at least in the win expectancy department. Rosenthal also connects the Astros to A's left-hander Scott Kazmir.
Source: FOX Sports
Jun 25 - 8:42 AM

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2B1Carlos Sanchez
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SS1Alexei Ramirez
3B1Tyler Saladino
2Gordon Beckham
LF1Melky Cabrera
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CF1Adam Eaton
RF1Avisail Garcia
DH1Adam LaRoche
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PosRoleName
S1Chris Sale
2Jeff Samardzija
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4John Danks
5Carlos Rodon
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PosRoleName
R1David Robertson
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