Jeff Samardzija, RHP, Chicago White Sox
May 22, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija (29) throws against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Now this would be interesting. The main piece going from the Cubs to the A’s in that trade last July was right-handed starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija. The A’s then moved him to the Chicago White Sox this offseason, and the results have been mixed. As of right now, Samardzija is sitting with a 4.28 ERA through 61 innings pitched this season.
He has certainly struggled in 2015 with White Sox, and that is a reason they are in last place in the American League Central at 19-23. Samardzija becomes a free agent this offseason, and unless the White Sox turn things around quickly, he is very likely to be available for trade before this year’s deadline.
Samardzija being a target for the Cubs both now, and in the off season makes plenty of sense. His rapport with pitching coach Chris Bosio seemed to be great in his later stages with the Cubs, and I think Bosio may be the guy to get him back on track. Samardzija was more successful with the Cubs than either the A’s or White Sox, and the comfort level is certainly there.
With the Cubs now ready to compete, Samardzija would likely be very motivated to help out his former squad for the stretch run. His inclusion in to the starting rotation would be huge, as his talent and upside would give them a potentially elite starting staff.
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