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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
Contract: view contract details

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Jeff Samardzija was superb but settled for a no-decision Friday, tossing eight innings of one-run ball in a loss to the Tigers.
He was tagged for a long solo shot in the fourth inning by Yoenis Cespedes, but that's all the Tigers were able to muster off of the White Sox' right-hander. Samardzija struck out eight batters on the day, walked just one and yielded eight hits. It's his best start so far in three tries in a Pale Hose uniform. Samardzija gets the Indians next. Apr 17 - 4:57 PM

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Jeff Samardzija was handed a no-decision Saturday after allowing four runs over seven innings against the Twins.

He struck out six and walked none. Samardzija gave up all four runs in the second inning, but settled down quite nicely from there and kept the White Sox in the ballgame. They eventually notched their first win of the season. This was an improvement from Samardzija's Opening Day start, but he'll look for his first win when he faces the Tigers on the road next week.
Apr 11 - 5:40 PM

Jeff Samardzija was tagged for five runs in six innings Monday in a loss to the Royals.

Samardzija hit two batters, including Lorenzo Cain immediately after a Mike Moustakas homer. If it wasn't 100 percent intentional, it was still definitely a purpose pitch. Samardzija allowed six hits in all, walked three and struck out one. As shaky as he was this spring, there's some reason for concern here. Still, if you listened to us, you didn't draft him anyway.
Apr 6 - 7:28 PM

Jeff Samardzija, making his final spring training start, gave up five runs in four innings versus the Padres on Wednesday.

The Padres racked up six hits against the right-hander, including a three-run Jedd Gyorko home run which capped off a five-run first inning. Samardzija walked none and struck out three. He would have liked to post better spring results, as he owns an 8.44 ERA over 22 1/3 innings, but he'll have to live with it. Samardzija will start on Opening Day on Monday against Royals' right-hander Yordano Ventura.
Apr 1 - 6:41 PM

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

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

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