Cubs' pitching coach would 'love to see' Samardzija back on North Side

Despite spending time with the Oakland Athletics and Chicago White Sox since being traded by the Chicago Cubs in 2014, Jeff Samardzija and Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio have maintained a close relationship. Now, with Samardzija being one of the hottest commodities in free agency this offseason and the Cubs coming off a breakout 2015 season, a reunion of Bosio and the righty could...
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18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jeff Samardzija: Potential Offseason Target

Position: Right-handed SP 2015 Stats: 214 IP, 17.9 K%, 5.4 BB%, 1.8 WARP, 4.96 ERA, 4.31 DRA How He Fits: There are two ways of thinking among Cubs fans on how Jeff Samardzija fits with the Cubs; some say he’s a tremendous fit, others say “no way.” But the simple fact is that one of […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
2 days ago  |  Discuss

A Ball-in-Play Analysis of Nine Free-Agent Pitchers

Yesterday, I published a post here examining the year-to-year correlations for a number of ball-in-play (BIP) pitching metrics. The results published there have some use on their own. As a practical application of that information, however, I’d like to take a look here at the nine potential free agent starting pitchers (besides Zack Greinke) whose teams faced a qualifying offer...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs interested in reunion with Jeff Samardzija

The Chicago Cubs reached the National League Championship Series in 2015, a full year before they were even expected to be competitive. Now, armed with an incredibly young offensive core and a newly-minted Cy Young Award winner in Jake Arrieta, the Cubs are poised to be National League favorites heading into the 2016 season. With that in mind, Theo Epstein and his front office team...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Now THAT is How You Start an Offseason

The Chicago Cubs started their 2015 off season with a bang. Three members of the Cubs organization were nominated for awards, and all three of them walked away with some hardware. Kris Bryant was named the National League Rookie of the Year, collecting all the first place votes. Joe Maddon walked away with the National League Manager of the Year award as well, collecting 18 first...
Via World Series Dreaming
5 days ago  |  Discuss

What’s up with Jeff Samardzija?

The free agent signing season should kick into gear soon, shortly after the results of Friday’s qualifying-offer acceptance deadline determine which free agents require draft pick compensation. The starting pitcher market will be particularly intriguing to monitor, with a healthy supply/demand situation from the players’ perspective further enhanced by the Cards’ loss of Lance...
Via Fangraphs
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeff Samardzija an interesting name for Phillies to consider

In my mind, there is no more interesting free-agent case this winter to watch than that of Jeff Samardzija. The tall right-hander out of Notre Dame was content to play out the 2015 season on a one-year deal with an eye on testing free agency. Max Scherzer made a similar bet on himself before the […]
Via Baseball Essential
14 days ago  |  Discuss

How is Jeff Samardzija Getting any Attention?

Last week, Jeff Samardzija was offered a one year $15.8 Million qualifying offer from the Chicago White Sox. It has been written that he is unlikely to accept this offer, which would make him a free agent. For those who weren’t following the White Sox this season, Samadzija had an abysmal season. At one point […]
Via Baseball Essential
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Did the Oakland Athletics Have a Successful Season?

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be taking you through all 30 MLB teams, discussing their positives and negatives from the year that was. Regardless of how lopsided it may get, we will stay the course and ultimately determine whether or not their 2015 efforts resulted in a successful season. The Oakland A’s entered 2015 on the heels of three straight playoff appearances, depending...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

DeShone Kizer makes Notre Dame a lock for the Playoff

In its first game since being ranked No. 5 in the nation in the new College Football Playoff poll, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish defeated the Pittsburgh Panthers 42-30 on Saturday. What’s even more impressive than the win or the team’s record is the continued dominating play of Redshirt Freshman quarterback DeShone Kizer. After assuming the starting role when Malik Zaire suffered...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Offseason Wish List: Chicago White Sox

Last offseason, the Chicago White Sox were labeled “winners” as they had brought in many impact pieces like David Robertson, Melky Cabrera and Adam LaRoche through free agency and traded for right-handed starter Jeff Samardzija to bolster the rotation. It quickly became apparent that general manager Rick Hahn had whiffed though, as only Robertson provided […]
Via Baseball Essential
18 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox extend 1-year qualifying offer to Samardzija

Jeff Samardzija's 4.96 ERA this season was his highest during a full season as a starter. Duane Burleson Getty Images North AmericaCHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox extended a $15.8 million qualifying offer to right-hander Jeff Samardzija.Chicago acquired Samardzija from Oakland last December thinking he would help anchor the rotation behind ace Chris Sale. Instead, he struggled...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Free Agent Primer: AL Central

The AL Central division was hotly contested for much of the year until the Royals ran away with it, but even then, there was dispute over the second through fourth spots through the end of the season. Going into free agency, it will actually be the top team with the most ground to make up as they are set to lose up to ten players who were with the team until the end of 2015. Chicago...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

The Worst Called Ball of the Season

The playoffs are over, and as balls and strikes go, the tournament wasn’t overly controversial. There were some misses, sure. There was that called strike against Ben Revere at nearly the worst possible time. That wasn’t great, and I’m sure there are some Blue Jays fans who are still fuming. Shortly before that, there was a similar called strike against Dioner Navarro. Rough...
Via Fangraphs
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees have need for pitching, but nowhere to put it

Pitching is weird. We all understand that, no? Pitchers are guys that contort their shoulders and arms in unnatural ways so that they can throw a sphere of cork, string and hide faster than that jerk that sped by you on the highway the other day. Sports are generally pretty strange when you really sit down and think about them, but goodness baseball is strange. Pitching is also pretty...
Via BP Bronx
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Former Cubs GM could sway Yankees to sign Samardzija

Jeff Samardzija could end up in pinstripes this offseason. AP Photo Orlin WagnerAccording to a report, the New York Yankees could be the biggest player for free agent starter Jeff Samardzija this offseason.Samardzija, who was 11-13 with a 4.96 ERA with the Chicago White Sox in 2015, pitched the first seven seasons of his career with the Chicago Cubs, the team he was drafted by in...
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October 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Should the New York Yankees pursue Jeff Samardzija?

After falling to the Houston Astros in the Wild Card game on Tuesday, the New York Yankees’ offseason has officially begun. While it is clear that they need help in more than one position, starting pitching will likely be amongst the targets this winter. However, the Yankees are probably not going to fork over the money needed to acquire the services of the big-name pitchers (Zack...
October 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Yankees Likely to Pursue Jeff Samardzija

The Yankees off-season started prematurely after their 3-0 defeat to the Houston Astros this past Wednesday. The Yankees have a lot of decisions to make this winter, including whether to target an ace to stabilize their pitching staff. If the Yankees want, they can go out and throw a ton of money at one of David Price or Zack Greinke to lure them to the Bronx. However, it appears...
Via Baseball Essential
October 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Cueto takes the hill for first time since Royals' title clincher

The Kansas City Royals had a rough offensive night on Chicago's North Side but should find things easier as they head to the South Side. That's because they will face Chicago White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija, who has lost seven straight home outings heading into Tuesday night's three-game series opener. Kansas City (90-66) fell 1-0 in 11 innings to the Chicago Cubs on Monday in...
Via Fox Sports
September 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Cueto takes the hill for first time since Royals' title clincher

The Kansas City Royals had a rough offensive night on Chicago's North Side but should find things easier as they head to the South Side. That's because they will face Chicago White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija, who has lost seven straight home outings heading into Tuesday night's three-game series opener. Kansas City (90-66) fell 1-0 in 11 innings to the Chicago Cubs on Monday in...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
September 29, 2015  |  Discuss

White Sox Will Close Out Disappointing Season With Six-Game Homestand, Tickets Remain Very Cheap

For the Chicago White Sox fans who may have grown enamored with this year’s roster, take a good look. In the last week of the regular season, the White Sox will play nothing but home games, as their final six contests will take place from the friendly confines of U.S. Cellular Field. It’s also surely the last time you’ll see this gang all accounted for and in the same uniform...
Via Grab Some Bench
September 28, 2015  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: 2015 Chicago White Sox

The Cinderella story that didn’t happen, many writers picked the White Sox to finish near the top of the AL Central with some even picking them as a dark horse for the World Series. Of course, not all fantasies can come true and the reality of the Kansas City Royals was just part of the reasons Chicago saw an early exit from contention. Preseason Prediction: The White Sox are...
Via The Outside Corner
September 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Baseball Profcast: Price Continues To Roll

Submit a question to be answered on the show! In Episode 276, Professors Jake Devereaux (@DevJake) and Dan Marcus (@DanMarcus3) discuss some fantasy baseball topics and recap some preseason predictions. Topics include: Injuries to Yadier Molina and Jimmy Nelson Great starts by David Price and Jeff Samardzija A end of season review of Jake’s Baseball Prof Superlatives for...
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September 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Tigers Must Be Toast Because They Got Slathered In Samardzija In

"All year.  All.  Year.  I've been starting Jeff Samardzija in one 15 team league.  It's an NFBC league so I couldn't drop him (there's no waivers).  It's not a great league to bench starters.  I had options like Colby Lewis and Adam Warren.  Not great options.  But, finally, yesterday, I decided enough was enough.  If I was going to lose, at least I would lose with Samardzija...
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September 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Samardzija tosses 1-hitter, ChiSox top Tigers in DH opener

DETROIT — When Jeff Samardzija finally broke out of his slump, he dominated. Samardzija pitched a one-hitter, allowing a leadoff single to Victor Martinez in the fifth inning, and led the Chicago White Sox over the Detroit Tigers 2-0 Monday in the opener of a day-night doubleheader. Martinez blooped an opposite-field hit over shortstop Alexei Ramirez and in front of left fielder...
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September 21, 2015  |  Discuss
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