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Jeff Samardzija | Starting Pitcher

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (29) / 1/23/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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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. Dec 9 - 12:34 PM

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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.
Dec 9 - 12:15 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.
Dec 9 - 1:17 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.
Dec 9 - 1:00 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.
Dec 9 - 12:13 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 to earn $9.5 million in his final year of arbitration before hitting free agency next winter.
Dec 8 - 10:16 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.
Dec 8 - 8:35 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
Nov 30 - 10:14 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.
Nov 29 - 12:25 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.
Nov 28 - 9:09 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.
Nov 28 - 8:40 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.
Sep 27 - 11:31 PM

Jeff Samardzija gave up one run -- zero earned -- in seven innings to beat the Angels 8-4 on Monday.

Samardzija whiffed three, issued zero free passes, and scattered five hits. The right-hander was probably wondering where all these runs had been over the last month. He had hurled 15 shutout innings over his past two starts and emerged with a pair of no-decisions. In fact, he had gone 0-2 in his last four starts despite a 1.50 ERA, receiving just five runs of support total. It's been that kind of season for the right-hander, who didn't have many offensive helpers on the Cubs either. Samardzija will get the ball in Texas on Saturday.
Sep 23 - 1:30 AM

Jeff Samardzija shut out the Rangers for eight innings on Wednesday, striking out 10, but he was left with a no-decision when the bullpen imploded in a 6-1 loss.

A crushing loss for the A's, who gave up six runs in the top of the ninth inning against a 58-92 team. The heartbreaker allowed the Angels to clinch the AL West for the first time since 2009. As for Samardzija, he must feel like he's pitching for the Cubs again. He's hurled 15 shutout innings over his past two starts and emerged with a pair of no-decisions. Overall, he's 6-12 with a 2.98 ERA and 1.07 WHIP.
Sep 18 - 1:51 AM

Jeff Samardzija blanked the White Sox for seven innings on Wednesday, only to come away with a no-decision.

Samardzija must feel like he's still pitching for the Cubs. He left with a 1-0 lead tonight, only to see that thrown away in a very sloppy eighth inning. Samardzija has a 3.41 ERA and a strong 0.97 WHIP for the A's, but all it's gotten him is a 4-5 record.
Sep 10 - 11:46 PM

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