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29 Jeff Samardzija SP
Height/Weight: 6-5/225 | Birthdate: 1/23/1985 | Birthplace: Merrillville, IN | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Oakland | College: Notre Dame | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $2,640,000 | Owned/Started%: 97/82 | Average Draft Position: 108.98
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Jeff Samardzija gives up four runs vs. Astros


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Athletics pitcher Jeff Samardzija didn't factor in the decision Tuesday, surrendering four earned runs on six hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings and striking out seven in his team's 7-4 win over the Astros.

Samardzija gave up a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning, which was his fifth home run allowed in his last four outings. He's managed to win two of his five starts with the A's, giving up just one earned run in each of his two wins. Samardzija owns a 2.92 ERA and 130:35 K:BB ratio in 144 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Rays Monday.


Jeff Samardzija turns in an excellent start Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Athletics pitcher Jeff Samardzija turned in an excellent start against the Astros Thursday.

Samardzija allowed one run on five hits over eight innings. He struck out six and did not allow any walks. The only blemish against Samardzija came in the fourth inning. With the bases empty, Samardzija allowed a solo home run to Chris Carter. Other than that, he was fantastic. 

With the win, Samardzija improved to 4-8 on the year. He’ll take on the Astros in his next start.


Jeff Samardzija serves up two homers in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) Athletics starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija had a hard time keeping the ball in the park in his worst start for his new club on Friday against the Orioles. Because of a walkoff home run from Josh Donaldson in the ninth inning, he was forced into a no-decision.

Samardzija served up homers to Jonathan Schoop and Manny Machado. The right-hander was charged with four runs on six hits and one walk while striking out four over seven innings of work. Of his 97 pitches, only 62 were strikes.

Over his first three starts with the A's covering 22 innings, Samardzija has allowed eight earned runs. He owns a 2.91 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP over 20 starts (130 innings) this season. His next start will come Thursday at home against Houston.


A's announce rotation plans for start of second half


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) The Athletics announced their post-All-Star-break rotation plans Sunday. Jeff Samardzija has drawn the first start of the second half Friday vs. Baltimore.

Jason Hammel will pitch the second game of the Baltimore series and Sonny Gray will finish off the three-game set. Scott Kazmir will then pitch the opener of a series against Houston July 22. He will be followed by Jesse Chavez before the rotation resets.


Jeff Samardzija goes the distance in losing effort


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Athletics starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija went the distance but took a tough-luck loss in a duel against Felix Hernandez and the Mariners Friday night, dropping to 3-8 on the year. The right-hander yielded three runs on five hits and no walks while striking out five over eight innings of a 3-2 defeat.

Over his first two starts -- with his new team -- covering 15 innings, Samardzija has allowed only four earned runs. He enters the All-Star break with a 2.78 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP over 19 starts (123 innings). He'll likely be at the top of the rotation once Oakland returns from the All-Star break.


Jeff Samardzija twirls a gem in Oakland debut


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) Athletics pitcher Jeff Samardzija turned in a gem in his debut with his new club on Sunday against the Blue Jays, scattering four hits and one run over seven innings of work for his fourth win of the season. The right-hander struck out five and walked one in 108 pitches, 75 for strikes.

Samardzija owns a 2.74 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP over 18 starts (115 innings). He will make his next start Friday at Seattle.

Jeff Samardzija to start Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) Athletics pitcher Jeff Samardzija is slated to start his first game with his new club Sunday.

Samardzija will replace Tommy Milone in the team's rotation. He arrived in Oakland Saturday, and will make his Sunday start against the Blue Jays. Samardzija has a 2.83 ERA over 108 innings.


Cubs, A's complete mega-deal


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) The Cubs and Athletics have completed a mega-deal which will send pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland for shortstop Addison Russell .

The two sides reached a deal Friday night, but waited to officially announce the move Saturday. Samardzija and Hammel will slot into the team's rotation, though it's unclear how soon they'll make their first start with their new club.

Russell joins the Cubs' solid collection of prospects. Chicago will also receive outfield prospect Billy McKinney, pitcher Dan Straily and a player to be named later. Of the bunch, only Straily is expected to play a role with the major-league club this season.  


Report: A's, Cubs complete blockbuster deal


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) According to a report from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Athletics have acquired pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Cubs for shortstop prospect Addison Russell

According to ESPN's Keith Law, the Cubs will receive outfielder Billy McKinney, pitcher Dan Straily and a player to be named later.

Hammel tossed a quality start in a win over Nationals Friday and Samardzija was scheduled to pitch Sunday for the Cubs before the deal. Samardzija is 2-7 with a 2.83 ERA over 17 starts (108 innings). Hammel is 8-5 with a 2.98 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP over 17 starts (108 2/3 innings).


Report: Cubs, A's in 'serious' talks on blockbuster deal


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) The Cubs have engaged in serious talks with the Athletics on a potential deal involving pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, FOX Sports reports Friday.

The Cubs have been unable to lock Samardzija down with an extension and are listening to offers leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. Samardzija is 2-7 with a 2.83 ERA over 17 starts (108 innings). Hammel is 8-5 with a 2.98 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP over 17 starts (108 2/3 innings).

Rain-soaked Jeff Samardzija hit hard in loss No. 7


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2014) Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija ran into trouble after a rain delay Saturday, in a 7-2 loss ot the Nationals.

Samardzija allowed two runs through the first four innings, but the wheels came off as he took the mound in the fifth following a 55-minute delay. He allowed a leadoff home run in the fifth and was eventually tagged for four runs in the inning, his last of the start.

Samardzija was charged with six runs -- five earned -- on seven hits over five innings of work. He struck out six batters and walked none on 75 pitches in the loss.

Samardzija fell to 2-7 with the loss, while his ERA rose to 2.83. He still ranks 10th in the National League in ERA heading into his next start, set for next Saturday in Washington. 


Cubs, Blue Jays at a stalemate for Jeff Samardzija


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2014) The Cubs and Blue Jays can't agree on a deal for pitcher Jeff Samardzija, according to FoxSports.com.

The Cubs are willing to make a deal, but Toronto is hesitant to meet Chicago's demands. The Cubs are reportedly asking for three prospects, pitcher Aaron Sanchez, pitcher Daniel Norris and outfielder Dalton Pompey. The Blue Jays are rumored to be willing to part with maybe one or two of those players, but do not want to deal all three. Samardzija is expected to be dealt by the trade deadline. He owns a 2.53 ERA over 103 innings.


Jeff Samardzija strikes out seven in no-decision Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2014) Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija didn't factor into the decision Monday after giving up just one earned run on four hits and two walks in six innings while striking out seven in his team's 6-1 loss to the Cardinals.

Samardzija has surrendered one earned run or no earned runs in seven starts this year, but he's yet to pick up a win in any of them as the Cubs' offense has been excruciatingly bad with the ace on the mound. He owns a 2.53 ERA and 97:31 K:BB ratio in 103 innings. Samardzija is set to face the Nationals Saturday.


Jeff Samardzija strikes out eight in no-decision Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija didn't factor into Tuesday's decision after giving up three runs (two earned) on seven hits and three walks in six innings and striking out eight in his team's 6-5 loss to the Marlins.

Samardzija gave up his unearned run in the first inning, and the Marlins were able to push two earned runs across the plate on a fourth-inning single. The pitcher was in line for his third win before the bullpen coughed up a 4-3 lead in the seventh inning. Samardzija owns a 2.78 ERA and 90:29 K:BB ratio in 97 innings. He'll take on the Reds Monday.


Cubs, Jeff Samardzija talking deal again


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) The Cubs are again discussing a longterm deal with pitcher Jeff Samardzija, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. It's still a five-year offer, but for more than the $60-million to $65-million range previously discussed by the parties, the report said.

Trade talk continues to swirl around Samardzija, who can become a free agent after the 2015 season.


Report: Giants 'showing strong interest' in Jeff Samardzija


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) The Giants are showing strong interest in trading for Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija, according to USA Today. The Yankees, Orioles, Angels, Red Sox and Blue Jays are also reportedly interested in the right-handed hurler.

Cubs already discussing Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel deals


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) The Cubs are already discussing trades involving Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

The Braves, Mariners and Blue Jays have all shown interest in both players. Seattle is also believed to be a player, particularly for Hammel. The club is expected to entertain deals for both players around the trade deadline, so it's not a surprise to see the trade rumors are already starting.


Jeff Samardzija not at his best again Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2014) Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija was not at his best Thursday night against the Pirates in Pittsburgh, dropping to 2-6 on the year.The right-hander permitted four runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out seven in six innings of a 4-0 defeat.

Samardzija owns a 2.77 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP in 14 starts (91 innings). He will make his next start Tuesday against the Marlins in Miami.

Jeff Samardzija gets back on track vs. Marlins


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2014) Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija got back on track with a gem Saturday afternoon at home against the Marlins, scattering two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out eight in seven innings of a 5-2 victory.

Samardzija improved to 2-5 with a 2.54 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP following the win. He owns a 75:24 K:BB ratio in 85 innings. He will look to keep things rolling Thursday at Pittsburgh. He tossed seven scoreless innings in his last outing against the Pirates on March 31.

Jeff Samardzija endures uncharacteristic outing Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2014) Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija endured a nightmare outing on Sunday against the Brewers, dropping to 1-5 on the year. The right-hander permitted eight runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out three in three innings of a 9-0 defeat.

Samardzija's "command wasn't the best today, but it was just one of those days for him," manager Rick Renteria said. "I think very rare."

Over his last two starts covering 10 innings, Samardzija has yielded 11 earned runs. He owns a 2.54 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP through his first 12 starts (78 innings).

Report: Orioles lead for Jeff Samardzija


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) The Orioles are considered the leader for Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija, according to CBSChicago.com.

The two sides have mutual interest in a deal. Baltimore would acquire Samardzija, who is under team control through next season. The Cubs are scouting the Orioles top pitching prospects, including Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy. Samardzija has done everything possible to boost his trade value. Through 75 innings, he has a 1.68 ERA. 


Jeff Samardzija Ks 10, finally picks up first win


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2014) Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija struck out 10 and finally got in the win column for the first time this season on Monday against the Giants. It was his first win since Aug. 24, 2013.

Samardzija (1-4) was a bit uncharacteristic on Monday, surrendering a run-scoring single to Pablo Sandoval in the opening frame, a two-run home run to Sandoval in the fourth and a run-scoring single to Brandon Crawford in the seventh. He yielded four runs -- three earned -- on six hits and no walks in seven innings of an 8-4 victory.

Samardzija allowed three earned runs for the first time since April 29. He was backed by eight runs of support, the most since Sept. 4, 2013. It was also the first time he's won a decision with three earned runs allowed since June 23, 2013.

Over his last five starts covering 34 innings, Samardzija has allowed five earned runs. He will look to keep things rolling Sunday at Milwaukee.

Toronto GM downplays Jeff Samardzija rumors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) Despite a report in The Boston Globe citing the Blue Jays' interest in Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija, Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos tried to downplay the trade rumors Sunday during an interview with MLB Network Radio.

"We're not actively engaged in any trade talks with anybody," he said. "If something made sense, we would look to do it."


Report: Blue Jays remain interested in Jeff Samardzija


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija is being scouted more than any pitcher this season, according to The Boston Globe. One team heavily scouting Samardzija is Toronto.

The Blue Jays have missed on a deal before trying to trade for the right-handed hurler, and one major-league scout said they are still trying to trade for Samardzija but are insistent on not dealing Drew Hutchison.


Bullpen lets Jeff Samardzija down yet again


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2014) The Cubs let starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija down yet again Wednesday, in a 4-2 loss to the Yankees that extended his winless streak to 16 starts.

Samardzija was fantastic yet again for the Cubs, bouncing back from his worst start of the season with seven shutout innings. He limited the Yankees to just four singles and a pair of walks in his seven innings of work, while striking out three and handing off a 2-0 lead to the bullpen to try and close out.

The Cubs got it to the ninth inning with the lead, before closer Hector Rondon blew the lead and sent the game into extra innings. Samardzija lowered his NL-leading ERA to 1.46, but remains 0-4 in 10 starts.

Samardzija will once again go for his first win in his next start, set for Monday in San Francisco.