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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: 109.05
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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. 


Jeff Samardzija hit hard in loss No. 12


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Athletics pitcher Jeff Samardzija fell short of a quality start Friday against the Astros.

Samardzija gave up four runs on six hits over seven innings. He struck out nine and did not issue any walks during the outing. Home runs wound up being an issue for Samardzija. A solo home run to Jon Singleton started the scoring in the third inning. Chris Carter would add a run-scoring single in the fourth inning. With a man on in the sixth inning, Carter also blasted a two-run homer to left centeroff Samardzija.

With the loss, Samardzija dropped to 6-12 overall. He'll take on the White Sox in his next start.


Jeff Samardzija Ks nine, goes the distance in losing effort


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) Athletics pitcher Jeff Samardzija was credited with a complete game but was pegged with a tough-luck loss Saturday against the Angels, dropping to 6-11 on the year. The right-hander permitted two runs -- one earned -- on four hits and no walks while striking out nine in eight innings of a 2-0 defeat.

Samardzija has allowed two earned runs or fewer in back-to-back starts. He owns a 3.14 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP over 28 starts (183 2/3 innings). His next start will come Saturday at home against Houston.

Athletics swap Jeff Samardzija and Scott Kazmir


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) The Athletics have swapped Jeff Samardzija and Scott Kazmir for the upcoming series with the Angels, according to the Bay Area News Group.

Samardzija will now move up a day and pitch Saturday. Kazmir will be pushed back to Sunday. Both players will take on the Angels. It's unclear if Kazmir was moved in order to give him more rest following a poor start, or if the team just wanted to adjust the pitching matchups based on who the Angels were throwing. 


Jeff Samardzija strikes out 10


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Athletics pitcher Jeff Samardzija struck out 10 hitters against the Astros Monday.

Samardzija allowed two runs on six hits over eight innings. He struck out 10 and issued one walk during the outing. Samardzija was fantastic for most of the game, tossing seven scoreless innings to open the game. He ran out of gas in his final inning. After notching two strikeouts, Samardzija allowed an infield single to Jose Altuve. Samardzija then allowed a two-run homer to Chris Carter. Samardzija threw 116 pitches during the start.

With the win, Samardzija improved to 6-10. He'll take on the Angels in his next start. 


Jeff Samardzija gets knocked around Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Athletics pitcher Jeff Samardzija was knocked around Wednesday against the Mets.

Samardzija allowed seven runs on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings during the start. He struck out three and walked two. Samardzija melted down in the third inning. Eric Campbell hit a solo shot to lead things off, and it only went downhill from there. With two outs, Samardzija gave up two singles and a walk to load the bases. A wild pitch brought one run home. The next batter then proceeded to smash a three-run homer to center off Samardzija. The fourth inning didn’t go much better. With a man on and two outs, Samardzija gave up three straight singles, bringing in two more runs. He was replaced by Jesse Chavez at that point.

With the loss, Samardzija fell to 5-10. He’ll take on the Astros in his next start.


Jeff Samardzija struggles a bit in loss to Royals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) The mediocrity that has marked the pitching of Jeff Samardzija since arriving in Oakland continued Thursday in Kansas City.

Samardzija yielded three earned runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings with no walks and five strikeouts and took his second loss in five decision with the Athletics. He has allowed 19 runs in 49 innings over his last seven outings.

The right-hander is set to start again Wednesday against the visiting Mets.


Jeff Samardzija strikes out five in win vs. Twins


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) Athletics pitcher Jeff Samardzija picked up a win Saturday, allowing two earned runs on seven hits and two walks in six innings and striking out five in his team's 9-4 victory over the Twins.

Samardzija (5-8) managed to avoid surrendering a home run for the first time in six starts, and a bout of wildness by the Twins starter as well as a homer-happy Minnesota bullpen helped his offense give him the run support needed to cruise to victory. Samardzija owns a 2.91 ERA and 138:38 K:BB ratio in 157 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Royals Thursday.


Jeff Samardzija goes seven strong in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Athletics pitcher Jeff Samardzija turned in another excellent outing but didn't factor in the decision Monday, surrendering two earned runs on five hits and one walk in seven innings and striking out three in his team's 3-2 win over the Rays in extras.

Over his last three starts covering 21 2/3 innings, Samardzija has allowed seven earned runs. He owns a 2.91 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP over 23 starts (151 2/ 3 innings). His next start will come at home on Saturday against Minnesota.

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.