Jeff Samardzija RUMORS & NEWS

  • Jeff Samardzija blasts Cubs and their wait 'til next year approach

    Fox Sports "Jeff Samardzija spent his first 7 1/2 years in the majors with the Cubs. He was on hand to see the Lovable Losers do what they do -- wait 'til next year as their World Series drought continued. In the middle of 2014, the hard-throwing righty was dealt to the Athletics, where he spent the last..." March 29

  • Jeff Samardzija was 'sick' of hearing about Cubs future

    USA Today "If San Francisco Giants starter Jeff Samardzija believed in the hype more, and perhaps in himself less, he’d still be with the Chicago Cubs. If he truly trusted what Cubs president Theo Epstein was selling, and ignored empty promises in the past, he’d be in the middle of this Cubs lovefest..." March 28

  • Should the Giants be worried about Jeff Samardzija?

    Hardball Talk "Over the winter, the Giants inked right-hander Jeff Samardzija to a five-year, $90 million contract. That was in spite of the fact that Samardzija was coming off of a nightmare of a season. He finished with a 4.96 ERA and a 163/49 K/BB ratio in 214 innings while leading the majors in hits allowed..." March 17

  • White Sox pitching coach says he 'failed' with Samardzija

    The Score "White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper took full responsibility Tuesday afternoon for right-hander Jeff Samardzija's brutal 2015 season on the south side of Chicago. "Man, I failed," Cooper told reporters on the second day of the winter meetings. Samardzija, an All-Star in 2014 when he pitched..." December 08

  • Giants, Samardzija agree to 5-year, $90-million deal

    The Score "The San Francisco Giants reportedly found their consolation prize Saturday afternoon, agreeing to a five-year, $90-million deal with right-hander Jeff Samardzija just hours after Zack Greinke landed a six-year contract with Arizona, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. " December 06

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #SFGiants still in on Leake, also like Iwakuma. Nothing brewing in trade discussions at this time.

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Dodgers “intrigued” by Cueto. Interested in Iwakuma. Reached out today to agents for Cueto, Kazmir, Samardzija.

  • Jeff Samardzija has $100 million offer on the table

    CBS Sports "Free agent right-hander Jeff Samardzija is telling interested teams he has a $100 million contract offer on the table, per a report from Jayson Stark of ESPN. Background: Samardzija, 30, just finished a brutal contract year with the White Sox, going 11-13 with a 4.96 ERA (79 ERA+) in 32 starts..." December 02

  • Bringing back Jeff Samardzija a good risk for Cubs — at the right price

    Chicago Tribune "It was a little strange to hear that Cubs President Theo Epstein met last week with former Cubs and White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija at a North Side dive bar. The news wasn't surprising. We knew the Cubs were open to bringing Samardzija back, and the feeling appears to be mutual. Both sides..." November 27

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    Phil Rogers @philgrogers

    Theo Epstein and Jeff Samardzija hanging together tonight in Chicago. Cubs have an interest in him. #HotStove #Cubs

  • Report: Cubs interested in reunion with Samardzija

    The Score "Jeff Samardzija could be planning a return to the National League. The right-hander was in Chicago on Wednesday for a meeting with Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein, reports's Phil Rogers. Samardzija and Epstein were spotted having a drink together at a bar, leading..." November 19

  • Report: Mutual interest between Cubs and Jordan Zimmermann, Jeff Samardzija

    Baseball Essential "It is no secret that the Chicago Cubs are on the lookout to upgrade their starting rotation and they have already been heavily connected to top free agent starting pitcher David Price (story here) and, as expected, they are showing interest in other free agent pitchers. Patrick Mooney of..." November 09

  • White Sox make $15.8 million qualifying offer to Jeff Samardzija

    Chicago Tribune "The White Sox have extended a one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer to right-handed pitcher Jeff Samardzija, the team announced Friday. Samardzija has a week to either accept the offer or become a free agent, and he is expected to turn it down while seeking a longer-term deal on the market...." November 06

  • White Sox to make decisions on Ramirez, Samardzija this week

    CSN Chicago "A busy week with key decisions is underway for the White Sox after Kansas City clinched its first World Series victory since 1985 late Sunday night. Within the five-day window before free agency begins at midnight Saturday, the White Sox must make choices on both Alexei Ramirez and Jeff..." November 03

  • Yankees likely to pursue free agent Jeff Samardzija this winter

    Pinstripe Alley "Just a few days after the Yankees' 2015 campaign ended, the first off-season rumors arrived. The team's rotation was notoriously shaky down the stretch, as only Masahiro Tanaka and Luis Severino notched seasons with an ERA- under 100. There is a plethora of starting options already in-house for..." October 09

  • Samardzija? Price? Rival execs insist Yankees will land pitcher

    New York Post "This is one of those moments when it does not matter what Brian Cashman says, which is that he is more likely not to make a trade than make one between now and Friday’s non-waiver deadline. It does not matter that his history is generally to do deals that augment the roster at this time of year..." July 28

  • White Sox, Samardzija wait out trade deadline week

    Chicago Sun-Times "Will he or won’t he? Jeff Samardzija is planning on pitching for the White Sox Tuesday and manager Robin Ventura is planning on him, but with three days left before the trade deadline Friday, everyone on the White Sox is kind of waiting around to see if Samardzija stays or goes. “I..." July 28

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    Dan Hayes @CSNHayes

    Have heard #BlueJays continue to make biggest push for Jeff Samardzija and that #SFGiants have checked in. No word on any names. #WhiteSox

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #BlueJays still talking to #Brewers about Fiers. TOR numerous balls in air: Samardzija, Cueto, Price if he becomes available, etc.

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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    #BlueJays remain in active discussions with #WhiteSox about Jeff Samardzija. @FOXSports

  • 5 best trade fits for Samardzija "Jeff Samardzija isn't quite baseball's version of "Where's Waldo," but the guy gets around. That trend isn't likely to stop now, not with the White Sox making a 9-2 stretch before the All-Star break look more like an outlier than a contender finding its stride. Samardzija, the most likely..." July 23

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #WhiteSox in “listening mode.” Samardzija most likely to go; only potential free agent of significance. Team also could add.

  • Tigers could be interested in White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija

    Bless You Boys "Baseball may be turning its eyes towards Cincinnati for next week's MLB All-Star Game, but the real action will be held via telephone, email, text message, and any other form of communication you can think of. One name that will be thrown around quite a bit in the next few weeks is Jeff..." July 06

  • Blue Jays pursuing Samardzija ‘strongly’

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays’ search for pitching has reportedly led them to a familiar name. Right-hander Jeff Samardzija is being “strongly pursued” by the Blue Jays, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. The Blue Jays aren’t alone, as other clubs, including the Los Angeles Dodgers, have also..." July 06

  • Report: Royals, Tigers, Astros interested in White Sox’ Jeff Samardzija

    Baseball Essential "The market for Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija continues to grow. Earlier today, I wrote for Baseball Essential that the Toronto Blue Jays were interested in acquiring the veteran right-hander, but as expected, they are not the only team interested. Nick Cafardo of the Boston..." July 05

  • The Blue Jays are interested in Jeff Samardzija

    Hardball Talk "Jon Heyman reports that Jeff Samardzija is “on the list” of the Blue Jays. Of the best things in life . . . Anyway, both Samardzija and the White Sox have been disappointing this year, with the Sox sitting in last place, ten games out, and with Samardzija going 5-4 with a 4.56 ERA and a..." July 03

  • Samardzija to begin serving suspension Wednesday

    CSN Chicago "Jeff Samardzija is expected to drop his appeal and begin serving a five-game suspension Wednesday, a baseball source said. With Samardzija, Tuesday’s starter against the Detroit Tigers, out and perhaps Chris Sale starting his suspension on Thursday, Carlos Rodon almost certainly would make his..." May 06

  • Lorenzo Cain: Jeff Samardzija 'hit me on purpose'

    CSN Chicago "There might be some bad blood boiling between the White Sox and Kansas City Royals. Though White Sox starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija said there was no intention, Royals center field Lorenzo Cain took exception to being struck with a pitch in the fifth inning of a 10-1 Kansas City victory on..." April 07

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    Daryl Van Schouwen @CST_soxvan

    Ventura makes it official, names Jeff Samardzija White Sox Opening Day starter. April 6 in KC.

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    Oakland Athletics @Athletics

    #Athletics acquire Marcus Semien, Chris Bassitt, Josh Phegley and Rangel Ravelo from White Sox for Jeff Samardzija and Michael Ynoa.

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    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

    Sources: If the White Sox do deal for Jeff Samardzija, return would be Marcus Semien and prospects. A's would slot Semien in at shortstop.

  • A's adamant about keeping Donaldson, will listen on pitchers

    Fox Sports "First things first: The Oakland Athletics do not plan to trade third baseman Josh Donaldson, according to major-league sources. The A's would listen if teams inquired on pitchers such as right-hander Jeff Samardzija and lefty Scott Kazmir. However, they will not shop either and are adamant..." November 05

  • Jeff Samardzija doesn’t have second thoughts about Cubs

    CSN Chicago "What else is Jeff Samardzija supposed to say? The dude has no idea what’s going to happen after the 2015 season. He’s trying to win a World Series ring with the Oakland A’s now. But he rolled with the question when someone asked if there’s at least a thought he could someday come back to..." September 09

  • Jeff Samardzija has ‘no hard feelings’ for Cubs

    Chicago Sun-Times "Sitting in a clubhouse that has hosted more raw sewage than playoff celebrations during his career, Jeff Samardzija can finally breathe. “It’s fun, man. It’s great,” the former Cubs pitcher says of the new surroundings in Oakland. “It’s exciting.” If that says something about the pennant..." July 24

  • Samardzija a great trade chip, but can he bring twice as much as Garza?

    CBS Sports "After seeing Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija's frustration boil over to the point where he snapped a bat in half over his knee in his latest good-start, bad-result performance, the thought that immediately jumps to mind is this: get this poor fellow out of Chicago. However, it isn't as simple as it..." June 27

  • Cubs make Samardzija an offer he can refuse; trade to contender looms

    CBS Sports "The Cubs did indeed recently present star righthanded pitcher Jeff Samardzija with a new five-year contract offer. However, the chances of Samardzija signing the new proposal amount to something akin to the outmanned, out-of-it Cubs winning the World Series this year. If the odds are slightly..." June 19

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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    Source: Giants and Royals each had a high-level scout in Miami last night to evaluate Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija.

  • Samardzija available for trade, despite Cubs’ contract offer

    Chicago Sun-Times "Despite making a final run at a contract extension with ace Jeff Samardzija, the Cubs continue to make it clear to teams looking for pitching that he is available in trade. Officials from four teams said this week the Cubs have told other teams that Samardzija and pitcher Jason Hammel are..." June 18

  • Cubs talking again to Jeff Samardzija about multiyear extension

    Chicago Sun-Times "With the Cubs’ top two trading chips of the summer pitching the first two games of this series against the Miami Marlins, scouts from contenders and hopefuls started to gather like tropical storm clouds at Marlins Park on Monday. But even as the Cubs continue early trade talks with some teams..." June 17

  • Report: Cubs start Samardzija trade talks

    ESPN Chicago "The Chicago Cubs have talked with multiple teams about trades involving ace Jeff Samardzija and veteran starter Jason Hammel, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Citing multiple sources, the Sun-Times reported that the Cubs may already have begun fielding trade offers from multiple teams. The..." June 17

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    The #SFGiants are showing strong interest in #Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija. Also in picture are #Yankees, #Orioles, #Angels, #RedSox, #Bluejays.

  • Report: Cubs Ask For Draft Pick In Samardzija Deal

    Real GM Baseball "It was reported Monday morning that the Chicago Cubs have asked about acquiring a competitive balance-round draft pick and the associated bonus slot money as part of a package for Jeff Samardzija. Major League teams are only allowed to swap competitive balance picks, would give Chicago an extra..." June 04

  • Blue Jays more likely to play for Shields than Samardzija this summer

    CBS Sports "There's been a lot of Blue Jays buzz regarding their potential to acquire Cubs star Jeff Samardzija, but as things stand Toronto expects to focus more this summer on "rental" pitchers, as it wants to avoid gutting its farm system. With rentals the expected preference, Royals star James Shields..." May 31

  • Orioles Interested In Samardzija? "The Baltimore Orioles appear to be the leading team of interest in the Jeff Samardzija sweepstakes. Sources confirmed the two teams are mutually interested. With the American League East up for grabs, the Orioles could separate themselves from the pack with a pre-emptive move before the trading..." May 28

  • Samardzija forcing his way into All-Star conversation

    CSN Chicago "Jeff Samardzija’s mind-bending winless streak is finally over. He’s still thrown his name into the All-Star conversation, whether or not he’ll still be wearing a Cubs uniform by then. “I’m not a big accolades guy,” Samardzija said. “I’m not a big goals guy. Outside of 200-plus innings, I don’t..." May 28

  • Overdue win for Jeff Samardzija a relief to Cubs

    Chicago Tribune "Jeff Samardzija received a beer shower Monday, a tradition typically reserved for a pitcher who earns his first major league victory. But with the Cubs as relieved as Samardzija to see the ace's 16-start winless drought end, it was time to let the suds fly. "We snuck it in on him," Darwin..." May 27

  • Samardzija, Giants might be a good fit

    ESPN Chicago "On a recent Baseball Tonight podcast, ESPN reporter Buster Olney and prospects guru Keith Law discussed the possibility of Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija ending up with the San Francisco Giants this season. While there’s no real information the Giants have interest just yet, the idea..." May 27

  • Should Marlins make run at Samardzija? "You don’t just replace Jose Fernandez. The 21-year-old is too talented, and possesses too many intangibles. His energy and competitiveness are contagious. Every aspect of Fernandez will be missed now that he is on the disabled list with a right elbow sprain. Every indication is the young ace..." May 13

  • 'Grown man' Samardzija says front office has no place in pitch count issues

    CBS Sports "In what was an obvious attempt to help get him his first win of the season, Cubs manager Rick Renteria let right-hander Jeff Samardzija throw career-high 126 pitches earlier on Monday. He held the White Sox to one unearned run in nine innings but wound up with a no decision when the game went to..." May 08

  • GM: Not a certainty Samardzija will be dealt

    ESPN Chicago "Chicago Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Tuesday that it's not a certainty that pitcher Jeff Samardzija will be traded, but league sources indicate there hasn't been any progress in contract discussions. After allowing one unearned run in nine innings of a no-decision in a 3-1 loss to the..." May 06