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Sabermetrics not Samardzija's cup of tea

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Scorpions were not the only things to turn heads in Chicago White Sox camp this past weekend as the newest member of the rotation, Jeff Samardzija, expressed a dislike for advanced metrics in baseball. Known as sabermetrics, the practice offers a deeper mathematical analysis of the game. The Society for American Baseball Research, “SABR,” defines its goal as “the search for objective knowledge about baseball.

Jeff Samardzija looking good to White Sox

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- On the first official day of spring training, Jeff Samardzija admitted to stealing glances of himself in his new Chicago White Sox uniform. Whether it was passing the mirror in the clubhouse’s washroom or glancing at his reflection off the floor-to-ceiling windows of the workout room, Samardzija couldn’t help but peek at himself in the uniform of the team he grew up watching. And in an attempt to beat everybody to a potential punch line, he joked that there’s nothing wrong with admiring yourself in a uniform.

Camp begins: Time to "flip the script"

It was about a year ago at this time. Pitcher Jason Hammel had barely donned his new Chicago Cubs uniform when the questions started. “Will you still be a Cub come August?” Waves of reporters would repeat that query to him on that first day and on many more to follow. Former Cub Jeff Samardzija heard it as well, as did many others in the years from 2012-2014. Never did three years feel so long. But the payout is finally here. In the words of team president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer, “It’s time to flip the script.

White Sox spring previews: Rotation

While Cy Young Award winners dot the American League Central landscape, the addition of Jeff Samardzija has given the Chicago White Sox a rotation that should be able to compete with anybody in the division. A right-handed starter was needed this offseason and the White Sox were able to land just the man they were looking for in Samardzija. And while he becomes a free agent after this year, the White Sox felt that one season and the exclusive negotiation rights to a long-term deal were worth the price of Marcus Semien, Josh Phegley, Chris Bassitt and Rangel Ravelo.
South Side Sox Feb 9, 2015

White Sox Top 10 Prospects for 2015: Part One

Carlos Rodon is the cream of the crop in an improved farm system Last year, I observed that the depth in the White Sox farm had shown a dramatic increase, in large measure because of more top-end talent. This year, that trend continues. Pitching, albeit mostly still in the lower minors, is the major influence for 2015's list. Graduating from last year's list were Erik Johnson (No. 2) and Marcus Semien (No. 5), neither of whom are projected to have a direct effect on the 2015 club. Semien, of course, was traded to the Athletics in the Jeff Samardzija deal so his value will be indirectly felt...
South Side Sox Feb 2, 2015

White Sox shouldn't sweat Jeff Samardzija's uncertain future

History says Sox can cope if Shark tests free-agent waters after 2015 In his short time with the White Sox, Jeff Samardzija and his representation have found a number of ways to talk around the issue of his impending free agency. The latest example came Sunday, as Samardzija agent Mark Rodgers reiterated the forseeable future for MLB Network Radio: The agent for Jeff Samardjia, Mark Rodgers, told us "we owe to CWS to consider an offer" on a long term contract but ...realistically we — Jim Duquette (@Jim_Duquette) February 1, 2015 Need to see " how it is " with CWS for a half a...
Rotoworld Feb 1, 2015

Jeff Samardzija would consider extension - Jeff Samardzija (S) Chicago White Sox

Jeff Samardzija's agent, Mark Rodgers, said in an interview on SiriusXM Sunday that his client would consider signing an extension with the White Sox.
KFFL Feb 1, 2015

White Sox | Jeff Samardzija may consider extension

Mark Rodgers, the agent for Chicago White Sox SP Jeff Samardzija, said he is willing ...
Athletics Nation Jan 29, 2015

Two Athletics in Keith Law's 2015 top 100 prospects, farm 26th overall

ESPN's Keith Law placed two Athletics on his Top 100 prospects list released Thursday (subscription required), ranking first baseman Matt Olson at #81 and shortstop Franklin Barreto at #95. On Wednesday, Law ranked the Athletics farm 26th overall, noting the two first round selections shipped out in the July Jeff Samardzija trade, and that the system was "light on pitchers who project as more than fifth starters[.]" Matt Olson and Franklin Barreto In Matt Olson, Law sees Olson as a bit more than "another patient, all-or-nothing type of hitter" like Adam Dunn, but "a power/strength guy who...

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