Chicago White Sox close to trading for Jeff Samardzija


Jul 6, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics pitcher Jeff Samardzija (29) delivers a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays in the second inning at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Late Monday night, there are reports the Chicago White Sox are most likely trading for right-handed pitcher Jeff Samardzija in a deal with the Oakland Athletics.

Reports are saying the White Sox are “close” to making a deal with the A’s.

Here is what Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports has tweeted:

Here is what Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports! tweeted:

He also tweeted this:

So, if this does in in fact happen and the White Sox don’t have to trade No. 2 prospect Tim Anderson in the process, this deal would be a steal for the White Sox, but it all just depends on what prospects the A’s do get in return for Samardzija.

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Samardzija had a 2.99 ERA last season with the Chicago Cubs and the A’s, along with 202 strikeouts.

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In potentially giving up Marcus Semien, he batted .234 with six home runs, 28 RBIs and he has an on-base percentage of .300 in 64 games played last year, mostly in a reserve role.

Sep 28, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox third baseman Marcus Semien hits a two-run home run against the Kansas City Royals during the third inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Semien did have three stolen bases last year, and in his two seasons with the White Sox (85 games), he batted .240 with 72 hits and eight home runs.

The shortstop will be a good fit for the A’s as they will be able to continue to build him at the MLB level.

Until everything is official, we’ll just have to see how it all plays out, but it is safe to say we may want to get out our party hats in the meantime.