The Chicago White Sox could have one of the best one-two punches when it comes to rotations. They might also have that combo for a long time.
Mark Rodgers, who is Jeff Samardzija‘s agent, told MLB Network Radio that him and his client owe it to the White Sox to consider anything that they would want to talk about. In summary, they would listen to what the White Sox have to say, and would be open to talking about an extension.
Samardzija was acquired by the White Sox from the Oakland Athletics early this offseason. The 30-year old pitched in 33 games between the Athletics and the Chicago Cubs. He tossed a 2.99 ERA in a career high 219 and two-thirds innings. He is set to be a free agent at the end of the up coming season and with his numbers trending up, the seven-year veteran could be in for a real pay-day.
If the White Sox were able to lock up Samardzija long-term, there is no doubt that not only would the organization and fans be happy, but also Chris Sale. The Sox have lacked that 1-2 punch, and if they were truly committed to winning, extending Samardzija would be a top priority.
Rick Hahn, Chicago’s GM, has put himself on the map this offseason, trading for Samardzija, and signing Melky Cabrera, Adam LaRoche, David Robertson, and Zach Duke. The Team aims to compete with Detroit for the division title, but a Wild Card spot may be the more likely scenario.