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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: Chicago | College: Notre Dame | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $2,640,000 | Owned/Started%: 96/81 | Average Draft Position: 40.08
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White Sox name Jeff Samardzija Opening Day starter


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) White Sox manager Robin Ventura has named pitcher Jeff Samardzija as the team's Opening Day starter for April 6 against the Royals, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

The move comes as expected with Chris Sale sidelined for the opener. Samardzija has delivered mediocre spring numbers, allowing nine earned runs in 11 1/3 innings while managing just six strikeouts, but he's coming off a season in which he went 7-13 with a 2.99 ERA and 202:43 K:BB ratio in 219 2/3 innings.


White Sox to start season with Jeff Samardzija, Jose Quintana?


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) White Sox starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija told reporters he's not concerned about his chances of taking Chris Sale's spot as Chicago's Opening Day starter, according to Chicago Sun Times

"No, I just need to know the day of," Samardzija said. "Some of my best starts were when I showed up and they said you're pitching today. It doesn't really matter to me. Probably the less time you get the better, that way the less time you stay in bed thinking about it and staying up all night."

Although manager Robin Ventura has yet to name his starter for Day, Jose Quintana may have tipped his hand, telling reporters he expects to see the ball in Day 2.

"It's a little different because it's the first one, right?" Samardzija said. "You're not in midseason form but the spotlight is so bright you need to be in midseason form, so in that sense it's a little weird."


White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija surrenders three homers Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) White Sox starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija gave up three home runs over 4 1/3 innings pitched Sunday, but hit a more important milestone: 75 pitches, according to ESPN.com.

"That's OK; it just happens," Samardzija said, mentioning the Milwaukee Brewers' spring ballpark, known for being a launching pad. "You make some pitches and those things happen."

Of his 76 pitches, 49 went for strikes.

"I felt like I could have kept going; I felt real good," Samardzija said. "We've been extending it down in warm-ups and throwing a lot of pitches. It's all about stretching out and making sure your endurance is up, so when you need to go 100 or 120, you can do it."

Manager Robin Ventura continues to play coy on naming the Opening Day starter.

"I'm getting closer (to an announcement)," Ventura said. "Not right now. I'm getting closer. … There's just no reason to do it. I don’t plan on changing my mind, there’s just no reason to do it."


White Sox mum on opening day starter


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) The White Sox have yet to declare who will be the opening day starter this season. Based on current pitching schedules, Jeff Samardzija could fill into that role, but manager Robin Ventura won't say just yet who will start, reports MLB.com.

"Is that what it lines him up for?" said Ventura. "It might line him up for that, but there is another 'B' game down the road, so you never know."

Samardzija will be happy no matter what role Ventura gives him when the season starts.

"We have a great relationship and I wanted to jump on the opportunity to get him out there to the mound and go pitch to pitch," Samardzija said. "If you just talk sometimes, your lines can get crossed, and if you're working, you can see it happen and see the result and he's able to chime in. That way I get to feel what he likes and he gets to see what I like and just build that relationship a little more, which is really important right now."


White Sox's Jeff Samardzija thought he would stick with A's


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija didn't think he'd be in Chicago this season. 

After being traded to the Athletics from the Cubs a year ago, Samardzija told reporters on Monday that he thought he'd be on Oakland's rotation this year. Then, he was traded for four minor league players in a typical move the Athletics make. 

“From seeing what had been said about having my extra year when trading for me, I took it as they’re excited to have me the next year," Samardzija said, via the San Francisco Chronicle. "But apparently, it meant it’s a good chip to have to get four more chips in return.”

Samardzija got his first game action of the spring in Sunday's 10-4 win over the Athletics. Though he only spent half of a season, Samardzija would entertain the idea of going back there if given the opportunity. 

Due $9.8 million in 2015, Samardzija will be an unrestricted free agent next year. 


White Sox SP Jeff Samardzija: '100 percent ready' for camp


(3/3/2015) White Sox starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija said Tuesday he came into camp "100 percent ready" after throwing all his pitches before reporting, ESPNChicago.com reports.

“I held back a couple pitches last year in spring training and it affected me early in the season so this year I started throwing all my pitches before camp so coming in I was 100 percent ready,” Samardzija said. “For me these next handful of starts will be about getting on same page with (catcher Tyler Flowers), what pitches I like to match up, let him realize what I like to do, how I like to put guys away and when do we want action, when do we want a strikeout. So for me that will be big.”

Samardzija had a rough outing in his first intrasquad game giving up two runs on three hits in only two innings. But it appears that he is healthy and ready to get things started.

“It’s good to feel the arm. My arm feels great. It’s coming out real good. You do what you do to keep getting stronger and build from here.”

Samardzija split time between the Cubs and A's last season, going 7-13 with a 2.99 ERA and 202:43 K:BB ratio in 219 2/3 innings.


White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija willing to listen to long-term deal


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/1/2015) New White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija's agent, Mark Rodgers said Sunday he and his client "owe it to Chicago to consider an offer" on a long-term contract, according to Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio.

However, Rodgers also said they would need to see how things go for at least half of a season before deciding whether to stay with the club.

Samardzija was traded to Chicago in the offseason from Oakland and has one-year remaining on his current contract.

Samardzija finished 2014 with a 7-13 record between the Cubs and Athletics, posting a 2.99 ERA with 202 strikeouts in 219 2/3 innings.


White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija not worrying about contract


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2015) New White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija told reporters Friday he is happy to be back in his hometown playing for the White Sox.

"All of a sudden, just like that, you're back in the same situation you were in, on a different team but back home," Samardzija said. "So, it's still taken me a second to really soak it in and pinch myself and realize whether it's real. I'm just excited to get out there and pitch and wear the uniform in Spring Training, get to know these teammates and build relationships that last a lifetime."

Samardzija was traded to Chicago from Oakland during the offseason and has one year remaining on his contract, but he's not concerned about it at this point.

"I haven't discussed it at all. It's only been brought up to me," said Samardzija, who will earn $9.8 million in '15. "Until something happens that's worth the discussion, we'll talk about it then. But until then we're worried about prepping for the start of the season, and being prepared to do our part on this team."

He went 7-13 in 2014 with a 2.99 ERA and 202 strikeouts in 219 2/3 innings.


White Sox, Jeff Samardzija reach $9.8 million contract for 2015


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The White Sox and pitcher Jeff Samardzija have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a $9.8 million contract prior to Friday's deadline, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The White acquired Samardzija from Oakland in December. Samardzija is coming off his first All-Star season in 2014. He spent most of his seven-year career with the Cubs before being traded to Oakland in July. He is 36-48 with a 3.85 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 222 career outings (99 starts).


White Sox will attempt to extend Jeff Samardzija


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) The White Sox are expected to try and extend pitcher Jeff Samardzija before he reaches free agency, according to CSNChicago.

The news shouldn't come as a surprise. Samardzija is under control for just one season, but has been adamant about reaching free agency. General manager Rick Hahn said the club will attempt to get Samardzija to sign a long-term deal, but understands these things take time. "I look forward to Jeff getting to know us and know what we are about and understanding how he fits and how he can fit for the foreseeable future," Hahn said.

Samardzija has been quiet about signing a long-term deal, saying he needs to get used to his new organization first. "Long-term deals are all about relationships and the future," Samardzija said. "For me, to be able to be on this team all year and really get to know all the players and what the future holds is exciting."

Samardzija posted a 2.99 ERA over 219 2/3 innings last season.  


White Sox acquire Samardzija, Ynoa in six-player deal with A's


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) The White Sox announced Tuesday they acquired starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija and starting pitcher prospect Michael Ynoa in a trade with the Athletics. Chicago sent Marcus Semien, Chris Bassitt, Josh Phegley and Rangel Ravelo to Oakland to complete the trade.

Samardzija is coming off his first All-Star season in 2014. He spent most of his seven-year career with the Cubs before being traded to Oakland in July. He is 36-48 with a 3.85 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 222 career outings (99 starts).

He is in the final year of arbitration, but White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Tuesday the team will try to sign Samardzija to a contract extension.

"We're going to make every effort in the coming weeks and months to try to make this a long-term relationship," Hahn said.

The 23-year-old Ynoa went 4-2 with a 5.52 ERA in 31 relief appearances for high Class A Stockton in 2014. The former starter is 8-10 with a 4.81 ERA in 70 career appearances (36 starts).


White Sox pick up Jeff Samardzija in trade with Athletics


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) The White Sox acquired starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija from the Athletics in a trade late Monday night, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Samardzija is entering his final year of arbitration. He has now been dealt twice in the last six months. He was traded from the Cubs to the A's in early July.


Report: White Sox emerging as front-runner to acquire Samardzija


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) The White Sox are looming as the front-runner to acquire Athletics starting picher Jeff Samardzija and the clubs are engaged in serious talks, according to USA Today MLB columnist Bob Nightengale.

Samardzija went 7-13 with a 2.99 ERA in 22 starts between the Cubs and Athletics in 2014. He is 36-48 with a 3.85 ERA in seven MLB seasons.


Report: Red Sox trying to land Athletics P Jeff Samardzija


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2014) Numerous teams, including the Red Sox, are trying to obtain Athletics starter Jeff Samardzija, reports the Boston Globe. Athletics general manager Billy Beane is fielding offers, and "the Red Sox have all the pieces Beane would want, including young pitching and middle infielders," the report said.

Samardzija, 29, can be a free agent in 2016.


Report: Athletics won't trade SP Jeff Samardzija to the Braves


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) A source close to the Athletics informed the Bay Area News Group on Saturday that the team will not be trading pitcher Jeff Samardzija to the Braves.

The Athletics are reportedly discussing a deal with Atlanta that would land them outfielder Justin Upton and catcher Evan Gattis, according to FOX Sports earlier in the day. The reported indicated that Samardzija could be involved, but now that doesn't appear to be the case.

Earlier in the month general manager Billy Beane told MLB.com he was "very happy to have Jeff at the top of our rotation."

Samardzija went 7-13 with a 2.99 ERA in 33 starts with the Cubs and Athletics.


Report: Athletics, Braves talking trade involving Upton


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/29/2014) The Athletics are discussing a deal with the Braves that would land them on-the-block outfielder Justin Upton and catcher Evan Gattis, according to Fox Sports, which is further reporting that standout starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija is being dangled as bait.

Upton is receiving interest from several teams, but his free agency status after this season is a drawback for suitors.


Athletics' Jeff Samardzija has not been informed of possible trade


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/28/2014) Athletics pitcher Jeff Samardzija has not been informed about a possible trade, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

There was an earlier report suggesting Samardzija was involved in a deal, but that doesn't appear to be the case. Samardzija is a high profile player, and likely would have been contacted by the team if a deal was close. Oakland is said to be working on something, but it's unclear which players are involved. 


Update: Athletics 'close' to making a deal


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/28/2014) Update: The Athletics are close to making a deal, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Oakland is looking to acquire hitters in a possible deal. The initial rumor had pitcher Jeff Samardzija in a potential deal, but that may not be the case, according to FoxSports.com. First baseman Brandon Moss is also not included in a possible deal, according to MLB.com. The reports seem to indicate the A's are actively pursuing a deal, but the players involved are not known at this time. 


Athletics 'very happy' with Jeff Samardzija atop rotation


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) Asked about the possibility of trading starter Jeff Samardzija, Athletics general manager Billy Beane told MLB.com, "Right now, we're very happy to have Jeff at the top of our rotation." Earlier reports indicated Oakland would listen to offers for Samardzija, who went 7-13 with a 2.99 ERA in 33 starts with the Cubs and Athletics.

A's will listen on Jeff Samardzija, Scott Kazmir


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/5/2014) The Athletics will listen to offers for pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Scott Kazmir, according to FoxSports.com.

The team isn't actively looking to shop either player, but would listen if any offers came in. Both Samardzija and Kazmir are entering the final years of the their contracts. Samardzija will likely be too expensive to remain in Oakland once his deal ends, while Kazmir could price his way off the team with another solid year. 

The club is adamant about keeping third baseman Josh Donaldson. Donaldson is eligible for arbitration for the first time in his career, and should receive a healthy raise, but he's too valuable a piece for the team to trade. 


Can Jeff Samardzija be trusted as keeper material?


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/25/2014) A year has made all the difference for Jeff Samardzija. Just 12 months ago, he was reaching the end of a slump with the Cubs that lasted nearly four months and produced a 5.15 ERA over 21 starts. Now with the Athletics, Samardzija is finishing off a season marked by consistent and marked improvement.

In my Solving the Riddle series on the Fantasy Baseball Today blog, I've been taking a closer look at players like Samardzija who were sending mixed signals to Fantasy owners heading into 2014. In Samardzija's case, his current season's body of work appears to send a clear message that he can be trusted heading into next season's drafts. For those who remember his inconsistencies of a year ago, there may still be questions about how worthy Samardzija is as a keeper.

I make my case for considering Samardzija as a top 20 starting pitcher for 2015 in the latest installment of the series. His ability to keep the ball in the park is an important factor, but you can get the full analysis here.


Jeff Samardzija twirls a gem in win over Angels


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Athletics pitcher Jeff Samardzija turned in a gem Monday night at home against the Angels, improving to 7-12 on the year. He allowed one unearned run on five hits and no walks while striking out three over seven innings of an 8-4 victory.

Samardzija has not permitted a run over his last two starts (15 innings). He owns a 2.88 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP over 32 starts (212 2/3 innings). His final start of the regular season will come Saturday at Texas.


Jeff Samardzija strikes out 10 in gem vs. Rangers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Athletics pitcher Jeff Samardzija didn't factor into the decision Wednesday despite giving up just four hits in eight scoreless innings while striking out 10 and walking none in his team's 6-1 defeat against the Rangers.

Samardzija matched his season high for strikeouts in the gem, and he's now delivered 15 innings of scoreless baseball over his last two starts. However, the bullpen blew his lead in the ninth inning to keep him at 6-12. Despite his record, he's been excellent this season, posting a 2.98 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 190:43 K:BB ratio in 205 2/3 innings. Samardzija is slated to face the Angels Monday.


Athletics reorganize starting rotation


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/15/2014) To better align their starting rotation for the end of the season, the Athletics have decided to push Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel back a day and move Scott Kazmir and Sonny Gray up a day. Kazmir will now start the first game of a three-game series against the Rangers Tuesday, followed by Samardzija and Gray. Hammel will start the first game of a three-game series against the Phillies Friday, followed by Jon Lester.

The move allows the Athletics to start Gray on the final day of the regular season rather than Hammel.


Jeff Samardzija can't win despite scoreless start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Athletics pitcher Jeff Samardzija picked up a no-decision Wednesday against the White Sox.

Samardzija allowed six hits over seven scoreless innings. He struck out six and walked two during the outing. Samardzija nearly got himself in trouble during the first inning. A leadoff single was erased by a double play. Samardzija then gave up a double to Jose Abreu, but got through the inning without giving up a run. Another leadoff single was erased by a double play to start the third inning. Samardzija also put two men on in each the fifth and sixth inning, but worked out of trouble. 

The White Sox mounted a comeback in the bottom of the eighth, sticking Samardzija with the no-decision. He'll take on the Rangers in his next start.