White Sox – Jeff Samardzija – Free agent after this season: 6-5, 4.08 ERA, 105 Ks, 132.1 IP
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There was a solid contingent that wanted to see the Cubs sign Samardzija at one time. But as good as the potential was, the consistency wasn’t there and the asking price was way too much. So the Cubs packaged him up with Jason Hammel and sent them to Oakland. Hammel’s back, so how about a reunion?
The White Sox are another team that spent big in the offseason, only to have it backfire on them. Now they sit dead last in the AL Central with no real indication of making a move up in the standings. So with Samardzija bound to go elsewhere after the season the Sox will look to get something in return. So why not relocate to the good side of town for a few months?
Look, I thought Samardzija was going to be our ace at one point, but that never happened. As good as he could look, he could look just as bad. Now with his third team in three years, nothing has changed. Dominant at times, but plagued by the long ball still. While nothing has changed there, the Cubs would know what they’re getting, and Shark seemed to be as consistent with pitching coach Chris Bosio in Wrigley as he as anywhere else.
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