Grading The Chicago White Sox Offseason

Jeff Samardzija (Starting pitcher) Traded from Oakland.

On December ninth, Hahn pulled off what would be the first of a domino in a series of big-time moves by trading for Samardzija and minor league pitcher Michael Ynoa to the Oakland Atheletics for infielders Marcus Semien, Rangel Ravelo, catcher Josh Phegley, and pitcher Chris Bassitt.

The second year general manager was able to get a frontline right-handed starter and a low risk, high reward prospect in Ynoa. All of this while giving up no top prospects or spending $15 million plus. Although Samardzija is in the last year of team control, the move should prove to be a smart one, regardless of the outcome after this season with prospects like Montas, Tyler Danish, Spencer Adams and Josh Beck working their way up in the minors.

Samardzija split time with both the Chicago Cubs and Athletics last year and posted a 2.99 ERA while pitching 219.2 innings and a flattering 3.20 FIP. “Shark” also posted a 4.1 WAR, which would have been good for third in the Sox’s rotation last year.

Samardzija’s agent has said that he plans to test free agency but did say that they “owe” it to Hahn and the Sox to “at least listen to any offer” the team may have. Regardless of what happens at year’s end, Shark was a good get for a team that was in need of a top-notch right-handed arm.

Grade: B+

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