The Chicago White Sox have acquired right-handed pitcher Jeff Samardzija and right-handed pitcher Michael Ynoa from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for infielder Marcus Semien, right-handed pitcher Chris Bassitt, infielder Rangel Ravelo and catcher Josh Phegley, the teams both announced.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported that the deal had been agreed to and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported that the White Sox were close to acquiring him.
deal to send samardzija to the white sox is agreed to
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 9, 2014
Samardzija, 29, went 7-13 last season between the Chicago Cubs and the Athletics, recording a 2.99 ERA. He is only under team control for one more season, as he is predicted to make $9 million in arbitration for the 2015 season.
He is more of a rental, but Rosenthal reports that the team could make a qualifying offer at the end of the season, to give the club compensation if they were to lose him. He also points out that if the team is already out of playoff contention by the non-waiver trade deadline in July, they could just trade him.
If #WhiteSox complete deal for Samardzija, they could make him QO at end of season and get draft pick. Worst case, trade him at deadline.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 9, 2014