|Dec. 9 10:41 AM PT11:41 AM MT12:41 PM CT1:41 PM ET13:41 ET18:41 GMT2:41 11:41 AM MST1:41 PM EST2:11 PM VEN22:41 UAE12:41 PM CT-The Oakland Athletics traded an All-Star for the third time in less than two weeks, sending Samardzija to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday. Right-hander Michael Ynoa also was dealt to Chicago. Oakland obtained right-hander Chris Bassitt, catcher Josh Phegley and infielders Rangel Ravelo and Marcus Semien.
Analysis: An All-America wide receiver at Notre Dame, Samardzija was 31-42 with a 3.97 ERA for the Chicago Cubs from 2008 until July 5, when he was traded to the A's. He went 5-6 with a 3.14 ERA for Oakland. Samardzija, who turns 30 on Jan. 23, made $5,345,000 this year and is eligible for salary arbitration. He can become a free agent after the 2015 season.
|Sep. 28 11:05 AM PT12:05 PM MT1:05 PM CT2:05 PM ET14:05 ET18:05 GMT2:05 11:05 AM MST1:05 PM EST1:35 PM VEN22:05 UAE1:05 PM CT-Samardzija lost again Saturday.
Analysis: Samardzija fell to 5-6 with the A's, yielding five runs in seven innings. Oakland could be spraying each other with champagne by now if the former Cub could have won a few more games.
|Sep. 23 9:02 AM PT10:02 AM MT11:02 AM CT12:02 PM ET12:02 ET16:02 GMT0:02 9:02 AM MST11:02 AM EST11:32 AM VEN20:02 UAE11:02 AM CT-Samardzija won for the first time in five starts Monday, giving up only an unearned run in seven innings of an 8-4 victory over the Angels.
Analysis: Samardzija has been lights out in his last three starts, yielding no earned runs in 22 innings.
|Sep. 18 2:59 PM PT3:59 PM MT4:59 PM CT5:59 PM ET17:59 ET21:59 GMT5:59 2:59 PM MST4:59 PM EST5:29 PM VEN1:59 UAE (+1)4:59 PM CT-Samardzija pitched eight scoreless innings and struck out 10 on Wednesday but Oakland's bullpen imploded in a 6-1 defeat to the last-place Texas Rangers.
Analysis: Samardzija (4-5, 3.13 ERA) gave up four hits and walked none while extending his scoreless streak to a career-high 16 innings.
|Aug. 5 9:46 AM PT10:46 AM MT11:46 AM CT12:46 PM ET12:46 ET16:46 GMT0:46 9:46 AM MST11:46 AM EST12:16 PM VEN20:46 UAE11:46 AM CT-Samardzija limited Tampa Bay to two runs and five hits over seven innings of Oakland's 3-2 victory on Monday, but wasn't able to pick up his fifth win.
Analysis: Samardzija is 2-1 with a 3.09 ERA in six starts since joining the A's, completing at least seven innings five times.
|July 25 1:08 PM PT2:08 PM MT3:08 PM CT4:08 PM ET16:08 ET20:08 GMT4:08 1:08 PM MST3:08 PM EST3:38 PM VEN0:08 UAE (+1)3:08 PM CT-Samardzija cruised in a 13-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Thursday.
Analysis: Samardzija is 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA for the A's. He faces the Astros again next week.
|July 12 12:38 PM PT1:38 PM MT2:38 PM CT3:38 PM ET15:38 ET19:38 GMT3:38 12:38 PM MST2:38 PM EST3:08 PM VEN23:38 UAE2:38 PM CT-Samardzija went the distance in Friday's 3-2 loss at Seattle.
Analysis: Samardzija allowed five hits and struck out five. He'll carry a 2.78 ERA into the second half.
|July 7 2:33 PM PT3:33 PM MT4:33 PM CT5:33 PM ET17:33 ET21:33 GMT5:33 2:33 PM MST4:33 PM EST5:03 PM VEN1:33 UAE (+1)4:33 PM CT-Samardzija won his first start for Oakland on Sunday, giving up one run and four hits over seven innings in a 4-2 victory over Toronto.
Analysis: It was just the third victory for Samardzija despite the fact that his 2.74 ERA ranks 15th in baseball.
|July 5 10:20 PM PT11:20 PM MT12:20 AM CT1:20 AM ET1:20 ET5:20 GMT13:20 10:20 PM MST12:20 AM EST12:50 AM VEN9:20 UAE12:20 AM CT-The Oakland Athletics have an agreement in place to acquire Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs for three top prospects in a surprising trade for the team with the best record in the majors, two people with knowledge of the deal said Friday night.
Analysis: The hard-throwing Samardzija has just a 2-7 record on a Cubs team in last place in the NL Central. But he has a 2.83 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 108 innings, making him one of the most coveted pitchers on the trade market.
|June 2 2:15 PM PT3:15 PM MT4:15 PM CT5:15 PM ET17:15 ET21:15 GMT5:15 2:15 PM MST4:15 PM EST4:45 PM VEN1:15 UAE (+1)4:15 PM CT-Samardzija had his worst start of the season Sunday, allowing eight runs over three innings in a 9-0 loss at Milwaukee.
Analysis: Samardzija's ERA ballooned from 1.68 to 2.54 with that performance.
|May 27 3:43 PM PT4:43 PM MT5:43 PM CT6:43 PM ET18:43 ET22:43 GMT6:43 3:43 PM MST5:43 PM EST6:13 PM VEN2:43 UAE (+1)5:43 PM CT-Samardzija picked up his first win Monday, allowing four runs - three earned - with 10 strikeouts over seven innings in an 8-4 victory at San Francisco.
Analysis: Samardzija had been 0-4 with a 1.46 ERA over his first 10 outings this season.
|May 22 3:59 PM PT4:59 PM MT5:59 PM CT6:59 PM ET18:59 ET22:59 GMT6:59 3:59 PM MST5:59 PM EST6:29 PM VEN2:59 UAE (+1)5:59 PM CT-Samardzija remains winless after allowing four hits in seven scoreless innings of Wednesday's loss to the New York Yankees.
Analysis: He's 0-4 with an MLB-best 1.46 ERA in 10 starts. As a fantasy owner, you're likely frustrated with the win column, but that could change in the coming months if he's shipped out of Chicago.
|May 12 9:16 PM PT10:16 PM MT11:16 PM CT12:16 AM ET0:16 ET4:16 GMT12:16 9:16 PM MST11:16 PM EST11:46 PM VEN8:16 UAE11:16 PM CT-Samardzija remains perhaps the unluckiest pitcher in baseball, remaining at 0-3 on Saturday despite a stellar outing in Chicago's loss at Atlanta on Saturday.
Analysis: Samardzija yielded only two hits over six scoreless innings while striking out seven. He owns a 1.45 ERA - the second-best in the majors between only Johnny Cueto's 1.43 mark - but is averaging 1.93 runs of support. Every other pitcher with a sub 2.00 ERA entering Sunday's action had at least two wins and three had at least four.
|May 6 9:45 AM PT10:45 AM MT11:45 AM CT12:45 PM ET12:45 ET16:45 GMT0:45 9:45 AM MST11:45 AM EST12:15 PM VEN20:45 UAE11:45 AM CT-Samardzija pitched three-hit ball over nine innings Monday.
Analysis: The luckless Samardzija remained winless despite coming up big on the mound and delivering at the plate, coming through with the lone hit off Jose Quintana and scoring the Cubs' lone run. "You couldn't ask for anything more from a starting pitcher than what he gave us," manager Rick Renteria said.
|Apr. 30 2:24 PM PT3:24 PM MT4:24 PM CT5:24 PM ET17:24 ET21:24 GMT5:24 2:24 PM MST4:24 PM EST4:54 PM VEN1:24 UAE (+1)4:24 PM CT-Samardzija wasn't quite as effective on Tuesday against Cincinnati and suffered his third loss of the season.
Analysis: Samardzija gave up three runs and eight hits over 5 2-3 innings - the first time he failed to throw at least seven this season. He also walked a season-high four while receiving just two runs of support.
|Apr. 24 1:02 PM PT2:02 PM MT3:02 PM CT4:02 PM ET16:02 ET20:02 GMT4:02 1:02 PM MST3:02 PM EST3:32 PM VEN0:02 UAE (+1)3:02 PM CT-Samardzija continued to suffer from perhaps the worst luck of any starting pitcher in baseball with a no-decision Wednesday against Arizona despite a stellar performance.
Analysis: Samardzija gave up two runs and seven hits over 7 1-3 innings, but the Cubs bullpen collapsed and allowed five runs in the ninth to squander what would have been Samardzija's first victory. Samardzija's 1.53 ERA ranked 10th in baseball entering Thursday's action, yet all nine pitchers in front of him boasted at least one win, including five with at least three victories.
|Apr. 19 4:02 PM PT5:02 PM MT6:02 PM CT7:02 PM ET19:02 ET23:02 GMT7:02 4:02 PM MST6:02 PM EST6:32 PM VEN3:02 UAE (+1)6:02 PM CT-Samardzija suffered another tough-luck loss Friday against Cincinnati, yielding three runs - one earned - and six hits over seven innings.
Analysis: Samardzija (0-2, 1.29 ERA) has been backed with four runs of support in 28 innings over four starts.
|Apr. 6 11:17 AM PT12:17 PM MT1:17 PM CT2:17 PM ET14:17 ET18:17 GMT2:17 11:17 AM MST1:17 PM EST1:47 PM VEN22:17 UAE1:17 PM CT-The Cubs wasted another strong start from Samardzija in a 2-0 loss to Philadelphia on Saturday.
Analysis: Samardzija (0-1, 1.29 ERA) allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings. He walked three and struck out eight.
|Apr. 1 3:06 PM PT4:06 PM MT5:06 PM CT6:06 PM ET18:06 ET22:06 GMT6:06 3:06 PM MST5:06 PM EST5:36 PM VEN2:06 UAE (+1)5:06 PM CT-Samardzija didn't record a decision in Monday's loss to the Pirates despite yielding only five hits in seven scoreless innings.
Analysis: Samardzija is off to a strong start after he posted a disappointed 4.34 ERA last season.
|Mar. 14 11:50 AM PT12:50 PM MT1:50 PM CT2:50 PM ET14:50 ET18:50 GMT2:50 11:50 AM MST1:50 PM EST2:20 PM VEN22:50 UAE12:50 PM CT-Samardzija will start opening day for the Chicago Cubs on March 31 at the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Cubs announced Friday.
Analysis: The right-hander struck out 214 last season in 213 2-3 innings, but had a 4.34 ERA and an 8-13 record last season.
|Feb. 14 2:13 PM PT3:13 PM MT4:13 PM CT5:13 PM ET17:13 ET22:13 GMT6:13 3:13 PM MST5:13 PM EST5:43 PM VEN2:13 UAE (+1)4:13 PM CT-Samardzija isn't sure where he'll be by the end of the season.
Analysis: He's a good candidate to be traded by the Chicago Cubs given his one-year contract and he's determined to pitch well whether he stays put or switches teams. Samardzija says he'll increase his value ''as much as possible,'' which will lead to the organization keeping him or getting more in a trade.
|Feb. 8 6:18 PM PT7:18 PM MT8:18 PM CT9:18 PM ET21:18 ET2:18 GMT10:18 7:18 PM MST9:18 PM EST9:48 PM VEN6:18 UAE (+1)8:18 PM CT-The Chicago Cubs and starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija have agreed to a one-year, $5,345,000 contract, avoiding arbitration. The deal announced Saturday leaves the Cubs with no remaining players in arbitration.
Analysis: Samardzija asked for $6.2 million and was offered $2,765,000 after going 8-13 with a 4.34 ERA last year, when he made $2,765,000. The 29-year-old right-hander could be a candidate to be traded after he and the team were unable to come to terms on a long-term contract.
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|2009||ChC||1||3||0 - 0||20||2||0||34.2||46||29||29||7||15||1||21||1.76||7.53|
|2010||ChC||2||2||0 - 0||7||3||0||19.1||21||22||18||4||20||1||9||2.12||8.38|
|2011||ChC||8||4||0 - 2||75||0||0||88.0||64||35||29||5||50||3||87||1.30||2.97|
|2012||ChC||9||13||0 - 0||28||28||1||174.2||157||79||74||20||56||2||180||1.22||3.81|
|2013||ChC||8||13||0 - 0||33||33||2||213.2||210||109||103||25||78||3||214||1.35||4.34|
|2014||ChC||2||7||0 - 0||17||17||0||108.0||99||44||34||7||31||3||103||1.20||2.83|
|2014||Oak||5||6||0 - 0||16||16||2||111.2||92||42||39||13||12||0||99||0.93||3.14|
|2014||Tot||7||13||0 - 0||33||33||2||219.2||191||86||73||20||43||3||202||1.07||2.99|
|Career||36||48||1 - 6||222||99||5||777.2||713||372||333||81||277||15||738||1.27||3.85|
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|LDS||0||0||0 - 0||1||0||0||1.0||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||9.00|
|Career||0||0||0 - 0||1||0||0||1.0||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||9.00|