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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: 8 | Salary: $2,640,000 | Owned/Started%: 98/83 | Average Draft Position: 37.22
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Fight suspensions might get Carlos Rodon in White Sox rotation


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) White Sox rookie pitcher Carlos Rodon may end up getting his first career start, thanks to a bench clearing brawl. 

Jeff Samardzija and Chris Sale both received five game suspensions that would require them to miss a start. That means Rodon may be called on to fill in. 

"Certainly Carlos is stretched out and does have the ability to start should he be needed," general manager Rick Hahn said, per ESPN. "At the same time we need to balance that against keeping him on the current program [a long-man relief role], as well as some of the other potential alternatives we have within the system to make a spot start should we get to that point. So it is a possibility, but not one we are ready to commit to just at this time."


White Sox P Jeff Samardzija 'not proud' of brawl with Royals


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija seemed at least somewhat regretful a day after leaving the bench to join a brawl with the Royals on Friday. 

"You're not happy about it, you're not proud of it," Samardzija said Friday, via CSN Chicago

Samardzija drew plenty of criticism for his role considering he wasn't pitching Thursday night, yet decided to engage in the scrum. According to the Chicago Tribune, multiple Royals players said they do not approve of Samardzija's demeanor in games.

"For me, I'm not a big fan of him," Lorenzo Cain said. "I don't know what the deal is.”

White Sox pitcher Chris Sale was also among those ejected in the game. He said he wants to turn the page, saying his team is "not a fight club," according to the Tribune


Five ejected from White Sox-Royals Thursday after brawl


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) A comebacker by White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton to Royals starter Yordano Ventura for the final out in the seventh inning ignited a benches-clearing brawl in Thursday's game between the two teams, resulting in five players getting ejected.

Ventura could be seen mouthing an expletive to Eaton, taking apparent umbridge with the comebacker or something that Eaton may have said on his way to first base. After the ruckus was finally settled, the umpires ejected Ventura along with outfielder Lorenzo Cain and pitcher Edinson Volquez. White Sox starter Chris Sale and teammate Jeff Samardzija were also hit with ejections, ending the night of both starting pitchers in one fell swoop.

Ventura, who was ejected for the second time this season and is likely facing a lengthy suspension, finished the night with two earned runs on five hits and one walk in seven innings along with eight strikeouts.

Sale threw 70 of his 99 pitches for strikes but managed to rack up just two strikeouts before being ejected. He also allowed two earned runs on nine hits and one walk in seven innings of work.

Play resumed in the top of the eighth inning with the two teams tied 2-2.


White Sox starter Samardzija escapes jams for first win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) If it takes 113 pitches for Jeff Samardzija to complete six shutout innings and emerge with a win, he'll take it every time.

That's what he did Wednesday afternoon against the Indians to snag his first victory with the White Sox. He scattered six hits and worked his way out of jams to keep Cleveland off the board.

Samardzija allowed two baserunners in the second, loaded the bases in the third and put two more on base in the fourth before settling down. He finished with two walks, three strikeouts and a 3.33 ERA.

The right-hander is coming on strong after two mediocre starts. He has given up only one run in his last two outings covering 14 innings. He will try to remain on a roll Monday in Baltimore.


White Sox starter Samardzija still winless after fine performance


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) The only reason White Sox new righty Jeff Samardzija could not be called a hard-luck loser Friday was that he personally did not lose. His team did, but that was certainly not his fault.

"When it's cold and stuff, it's hard to get that [velocity] you want," Samardzija said, per MLB.com "For me, it's putting my head in the grindstone and going forward. You can't dwell on the past in this game. I'm better than that, so I want to come out and show who I am -- and I think we're getting there."

Samardzija managed his best performance of the season after two sluggish outings. He cruised through eight innings and might have won had Tigers slugger Yoenis Cespedes not cranked a fourth-inning offering over the fence in left. He finished having yielded just one run on eight hits with no walks and seven strikeouts. He lowered his ERA from 6.23 to 4.29 in the process.

"It's just early in the year. Power pitchers take a little more time to get going," Samardzija said.

The still-winless Samardzija will have a tough task in his next start Wednesday when he matches up against the Indians and reigning Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber.


White Sox move up Jeff Samardzija, Chris Sale in pitching rotation


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) With the White Sox gearing up for a three-game series against the Tigers, manager Robin Ventura moved up Jeff Samardzija's start to Friday, with Chris Sale starting Saturday, reports ESPN.com.

The White Sox have an off day Thursday after their two-game series against the Indians and Ventura is considering starting Jose Quintana on Sunday.

"There's a possibility [Jose Quintana] comes back there," Ventura said. "There's an off day so you can see him making that one, or you can have Hector Noesi at that point. There's a chance to be able to do that. As of right now, we don't know who that's going to be -- it's to be determined at this point."


White Sox's Samardzija works past rough second inning in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija struck out six and pitched seven innings in a no-decision Saturday afternoon against the Twins.

Samardzija allowed a run-scoring triple to Chris Herrmann, run-scoring singles to Shane Robinson and Danny Santana and a run-scoring double to Brian Dozier -- all in the second inning. He bounced back with five scoreless frames to end his outing. He was charged with four earned runs on eight hits and no walks in a 5-4 victory.

"Going into the game I knew after yesterday I needed to go deep in the game, so I just needed to calm down and understand that the goal in the game was to give that bullpen a rest today," said Samardzija to MLB.com. "We only had to use two guys, so hey, we'll chalk that up as a plus but it's nice to know you can still get better."

Samardzija has allowed nine earned runs through his first 13 innings of work to start the season. He will square off against David Price and the Tigers on Friday.


White Sox's Jeff Samardzjia trying to fix command problems


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Although White Sox starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija walked just two batters in 21 1/3 innings this spring, he did have command issues in spring training, particularly with fastball location, per ESPN.

Some of his command problems followed him into Monday's season opener against the Royals, as he hit two batters and walked three in a 10-1 loss.

“I was pretty happy with everything,” Samardzija said. “Obviously the walks hurt. … It shows you how important it is to not give you free passes. Of everything, that upset me. You know they put the bat on the ball, found some green spots and that’s the way it goes sometimes. They had it working for them today but those walks, you’ve got to cut those out.”

Samardzija will be eyeing better results in his next start Saturday against the Twins.

“I’ve got to go back and look and add it all up and see what happened,” he said.


Jeff Samardzija allows five runs in White Sox loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija gave up five runs in six innings as the Royals posted a 10-1 Opening Day win on Monday. 

Samardzija allowed six hits and three walks, while striking out one and allowing a home run. He also hit two batters, including one on the pitch immediately following Mike Moustakas' fifth-inning home run.  

Samardzija also threw a wild pitch. He finished the day with 92 pitches, 56 for strikes.


White Sox set Opening Day lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) The White Sox posted their Opening Day lineup for Monday against the Royals. 

The Sox will start: Adam Eaton CF, Melky Cabrera LF, Jose Abreu 1B, Adam LaRoche DH, Leury Garcia RF, Conor Gillaspie 3B, Alexei Ramirez SS. Tyler Flowers C, Micah Johnson 2B. Jeff Samardzija will be the starting pitcher.


White Sox SP Samardzija allows five runs in spring finale


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija surrendered five earned runs on six hits in four innings while striking out three and walking none in his team's 8-2 loss to the Padres.

Samardzija has put up mediocre results this spring, posting an 8.44 ERA but also recording an 18:2 K:BB ratio in 21 1/3 innings. He's set to make his regular-season debut Monday against the Royals on Opening Day.


Rough day on mound for White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija got batted around by his old team on Friday. The Cubs hit four home runs off Samardzija in six innings. 

Samrdzija gave up six runs on seven hits. He struck out nine batters in the game. 

Samardzija suffered the loss, dropping to 1-2 in the spring with a 7.79 ERA.


Jeff Samardzija on free agency: 'I'm not looking for top dollar'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) As long as White Sox starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija doesn't suffer an injury or has a poor season in 2015, he is expected to land a megadeal in free agency next offseason, according to The Chicago Tribune.

Max Scherzer, James Shields and Jon Lester all received massive contracts this past offseason, and Samardzija could be in the same ballpark.

“I’m not looking for top dollar,” Samardzija said. ”For me, it’s good to see those guys are compensated. But I think if you look at maybe outside of Shields, who maybe didn’t get his first choice, you look at Jon and Max and couple other guys, the big thing for them is they went somewhere they wanted to go to, and they were excited about where they were going to.

“So for me, it’s about taking this time to watch other teams, watch everything essentially and soak it all in. A lot of things change in a year, so when you’re in that situation, it’s a long-term commitment you’re making, so you want to make sure it’s the right one.’’


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.