Jeff Samardzija, RHP, Chicago White Sox 30 years old
2015 stats: 5-4 record, 4.56 ERA, 1.316 WHIP
Remember when the White Sox were supposed to be 2015’s super team? Remember when the White Sox had supposedly done a 180 and were ready to contend thanks to an offseason makeover? It seems like a lifetime ago doesn’t it? The White Sox have stumbled to a laughable 34-42 record and are 10 games behind first place and in the AL Central cellar. Thanks to their incompetence, rumors have it that the White Sox are now going to be sellers at the deadline. Jeff Samardzija, acquired over the offseason from the Oakland A’s, will likely be the first to go. He too is a free agent after this season and the White Sox would definitely like to get at least something in return if they feel that attempting to resign the righty would be futile.
Potential suitors: Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals, Minnesota Twins.
If the White Sox do decide to pull the plug on their miserable season, it will be interesting to see how they go about shopping Samardzija because among those that would be interested in the pitcher’s services are three division rivals. It can only be assumed that the White Sox would not hand over Samardzija that easily to their rivals. But if the Tigers are desperate enough, will they be willing to part ways with Shane Greene? Or the Twins with Miguel Sano? Or the Royals with Brandon Finnegan? It’s unlikely any of those three would pay such a high price, but surely the price would be higher than that for the Yankees or Cardinals, who are both looking for starting depth and an innings-eater.