For the same reason the Dodgers should consider Jordan Zimmerman, the team should also kick the tires on Jeff Samardzija. He can be flat-out dominating, and the Dodgers have an opportunity to pick him up when his value is a little lower than normal. Samardzija had an off-year in Chicago pitching for the White Sox. He was 11-13 with a 4.96 ERA and a 1.294 WHIP.
Samardzija has a career ERA of 4.09 and is 47-61 with a 1.278 WHIP. He was an All-Star in 2014 when he went 7-13 with a 2.99 ERA and a 1.065 WHIP. The 31-year-old has a very high ceiling.
The mystery surrounding Samardzija is you never really know what you are going to get. At times during his Cubs career he looked like a perennial Cy Young award winner, but last year was wild and inconsistent. The right-hander is a workhorse, as he has gone three consecutive years throwing over 200 innings. The upside for Samardzija is tremendous, and the Dodgers have an opportunity to sign him very cheap. A mini-revival for the former wide receiver could be in order in the pitcher-friendly environs of Dodger Stadium.