REPORT: Chicago White Sox land Jeff Samardzija
The Chicago White Sox have landed Jeff Samardzija in a deal with the Oakland A’s. Fox Sports and other outlets have reported the news.
With one-year left on his deal, it’s possible that Chicago didn’t want to give up top-flight prospects for The Shark. In keeping prized SS prospect Tim Anderson, the White Sox managed to majorly improve at the big league level and keep a strong farm system intact.
The players Chicago gave up were infielders Marcus Semien and Rangel Ravelo. They also sent pitcher Chris Bassitt and catcher Josh Phegley Oakland’s way. Along with Samardijza, Chicago landed Michael Ynoa, a once promising teenage pitcher who has suffered a lack of improvement in the minors.
For a more detailed perspective on the players Oakland acquired, check here.
For a look at what Samardzija brings to Chicago, stay seated. Given his comfort in the Chicago area and the White Sox’s sudden competitiveness and relevancy, Samardzija might have long-term interest. If not, he and fellow stud Chris Sale will form a lethal one-two duo in 2015. The Shark throws a collection of nastiness including a mid-90s heater and a devastating splitter. His 2014 season landed him an All-Star nod and an impressive 4.1 WAR.
Samardzija is the latest piece in a busy offseason for the White Sox. They’ve already landed Adam LaRoche in a move to improve the team’s offense and power. In hopes of cleaning up a horrid 2014 bullpen, they also brought in Zach Duke to act as a left-handed option.
An interesting note of this deal is what Samardzija leaving represents for Oakland. In last July, the entire baseball world met the Samardzija and Jon Lester trades with widespread acclaim. Samardzija seemed like a great clubhouse fit in Oakland and pitched with high intensity. After a disappointing collapse for the green and gold, Samardzija is on the move again seemingly just as quickly as he arrived in Oakland. Such is the life of an attractive commodity.
-Tyler Birss (@tybirss)