It’s unclear whether or not this takes the Giants out of the running to sign Mike Leake.
Samardzija, 30, has the tools to be a solid pitcher, yet he has been inconsistent, going 11-13 with a 4.96 ERA and a 163/49 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 32 starts with the Chicago White Sox.
If there was a place where Samardzija could get his career back on track that isn’t the Chicago Cubs, the Giants with Dave Righetti at pitching coach are it.
After missing out on Zack Greinke, it is hardly a surprise that the Giants turned their attention towards Samardzija. With Samardzija now on board, it’s unclear what the Giants will do, but it’s possible they will add another starting pitcher as well as an outfielder.
With the starting pitchers now flying off the board, the best one available is Johnny Cueto, who should draw heavy interest from the rival Los Angeles Dodgers.
This is a very risky signing for the Giants. Whether it pays off remains to be seen, but the Giants are obviously trusting Righetti to get him back on track.
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