White Sox making strong push for Samardzija

The White Sox have reportedly had “serious talks” with the A’s regarding Jeff Samardzija and currently stand as the “frontrunner” to acquire the right-hander, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

Samardzija, of course, spent the first six-and-a-half seasons of his career pitching on the North Side of Chicago for the Cubs. The White Sox now seem intent on bringing the ace to the South Side to pair with perennial Cy Young candidate Chris Sale at the top of the rotation.

It’s unclear at this point what exactly the White Sox would give up in return, though Oakland would likely be interested in Tim Anderson, who is currently the White Sox top position player prospect and widely considered the shortstop of the future in Chicago.

With the A’s entering a rebuilding mode this offseason, it’s seemed inevitable that Samardzija would be the next big chip to fall. He’s set to become a free agent after the upcoming season and is coming off a year in which he racked up a 2.99 ERA over 220 innings in his 33 starts between the Cubs and the A’s.

— Paul Casella

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