Report: Astros scouting White Sox’ Jeff Samardzija

After coming into the season with high expectations, the Chicago White Sox have been a disappointment this season. They have picked it up of late, winning eight of their last ten, but if the team goes back to struggling, they very well could be sellers at this years trade deadline.

An intriguing trade chip is right-handed starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija and the Houston Astros have already begun scouting him, according to Ken Rosenthal of

Samardzija, 30, has already been traded twice since last July and he very well could be traded for a third time if the White Sox continue to struggle.

Since being acquired in a big offseason trade with the Oakland Athletics, Samardzija has been a bit of a disappointment, having gone 3-2 with a 4.58 ERA and 40/11 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Samardzija is likely going to be a late season rental for any team, as he has made it known that he plans to test the free agent waters this upcoming offseason.

Besides the Astros, there are plenty of other teams that could use a pitcher like Samardzija. If his play picks up, there will be a healthy trade market for him.

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