6:27 AM EST, Thu December 18, 2014

Cubs pitchers, opponents react to Lester signing

SAN DIEGO – New Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon likened acquiring pitcher Jon Lester to “winning the lottery.” The left-hander's new teammates are feeling nearly the same way. “I’m giddy to get going right now,” pitcher Jake Arrieta said Wednesday by phone. Arrieta was the Cubs' de facto ace after they unloaded Jeff Samardzija in July, but he has no problem being a No. 2 pitcher. Arrieta and Lester faced off when both were in the American League East, Arrieta with the Baltimore Orioles and Lester with the Boston Red Sox.

2015 lineup? Ventura says, not so fast

SAN DIEGO – Hold on with those Chicago White Sox starting lineup projections, even as it looks like the club is running out of money to spend on the free-agent market. Manager Robin Ventura refused to play around with a lineup Wednesday, only to say that Chris Sale would be his Opening Day pitcher, with Jeff Samardzija pitching in the second game, followed by Jose Quintana. At least the Kansas City Royals know what they are up against for the opening three-game series during the first week of April.

White Sox make Robertson official

SAN DIEGO – Two days after it was reported, the Chicago White Sox made their free-agent acquisition of David Robertson official, announcing a four-year, $46 million deal with the right-handed closer. The White Sox created the most buzz on the opening day of the annual winter meetings Monday when, in the span of a few hours, it was reported that they had first traded for starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija and then landed Robertson. The Samardzija trade was made official Tuesday.

As others change gears, White Sox have their man

SAN DIEGO – A day after the biggest baseball signing of the offseason, teams that lost out to the Chicago Cubs in the Jon Lester sweepstakes are moving to a backup plan. The Chicago White Sox knew a Lester signing was coming eventually, which is why they worked hard to secure right-hander Jeff Samardzija in a trade with the Oakland Athletics before potential opposing trade bids grew. “I think we wanted to get this done as quickly as we possibly could,” general manager Rick Hahn said after the Samardzija deal was made official.

Thomas doesn't bottle his excitement

SAN DIEGO -- Hall of Famer Frank Thomas is raising a toast to Chicago baseball, and not just on the South Side of town. Thomas, who now fronts a line of beer and recently has opened a Chicago-area brewhouse, among his baseball-related duties, was active on Twitter on Wednesday morning to acknowledge an active winter meetings for both teams in the Windy City. On Monday, it was his White Sox that made consecutive moves, first to trade for starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija and then to sign closer David Robertson via free agency.
South Side Sox Dec 9, 2014

Terrerobytes: quick bits on Robertson and Samardzija

Yankees didn't move on Robertson, Samardzija wants to wear black, and Billy Beane in real life doesn't act like the one in the movies. The White Sox have made their initial moves of the offseason so it seems like a nice time to see what the changes look like in the aggregate so far. 2014 bWAR 2014 fWAR 2015 Steamer 2015 ZIPS 2015 Salary Jeff Samardzija 3.7 4.1 ? 3.4 $9.5 million Adam LaRoche 2.2 1.6 1.5 1.4 $12 million Zach Duke 1.2 1.3 0.5 ? $4.5 million David Robertson 1.2 1.7 1.0 1.1 $11.5 million Total 8.3 8.7 4.0+ 5.9+ $37.5 million Unfortunately, the ZIPS and Steamer...
Plain Dealer Dec 9, 2014

Chicago White Sox working to keep Jeff Samardzija in Windy City (video)

The White Sox don't want to rent Jeff Samardzija for just one season after acquiring him from Oakland in a six-player trade.

Ynoa more than just a throw-in to Sox

SAN DIEGO – While Jeff Samardzija was the focus of Tuesday’s trade between the Chicago White Sox and Oakland Athletics, it was not the only asset the White Sox received. Also obtained in the deal was right-hander Michael Ynoa, a pitcher once believed headed for stardom only to run into injuries along the way, like Tommy John surgery in 2010, that has derailed his development. Consider Ynoa (pronounced IN-oh-uh) the longer-term project in the deal and a piece the White Sox can keep if Samardzija decides to leave via free agency after the 2015 season.

Samardzija deal: Much more than a homecoming

SAN DIEGO -- It is doubtful anybody ever compared storied Notre Dame Stadium with Chicago’s U.S. Cellular Field ... until Tuesday. Jeff Samardzija did it and without a hint of irony as the right-hander, giddy with emotion, continued to process the trade that took him from the Oakland Athletics to the Chicago White Sox, the team that was his favorite as a boy. Samardzija poured his heart and soul into the Chicago Cubs for 6½ seasons. Before that, it was four years at Notre Dame, where he was better known for his football skills.
Newark Star-Ledger Dec 9, 2014

MLB hot stove: Starting pitchers start to move as Francisco Liriano re-signs, Jeff Samardzija traded

This morning, the Pirates reportedly re-signed lefthander Francisco Liriano. Though not of Samardzija's caliber, Liriano turned down the Pirates' qualifying offer and was rewarded for his faith by signing a multi-year deal.
Athletics Nation Dec 9, 2014

Semien trade: What the Athletics gave to the White Sox, Michael Ynoa and Jeff Samardzija

Who did the A's give up for Marcus Semien, Josh Phegley, Chris Bassitt, and Rangel Ravelo? The Athletics got three major league ready pieces under 18 years of team control, including their probable starting shortstop for 2015, and a fourth minor league first baseman. All they gave up was an ace under one year of team control, the compensatory first round draft pick that comes with it, a struggling minor league pitcher about to enter his final option year having failed to get higher than high-A ball, and a reliever they claimed off waivers earlier this offseason. Who are Jeff Samardzija,...
Full Count | WEEI Dec 9, 2014

Source: A’s were ‘locked in’ on deal with White Sox for Jeff Samardzija

SAN DIEGO — According to an industry source, the Red Sox did not appear to be meaningfully in the mix in trade discussions with the A’s to acquire Jeff Samardzija. Instead, according to the source, the A’s appeared “pretty locked in” on the players whom they acquired from the White Sox — infielder Marcus Semien, […]
Oakland Tribune Dec 9, 2014

A's trade Jeff Samardzija to White Sox in six-player deal

The Oakland A's finally completed their deal to send starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija to the Chicago White Sox, getting a potential starting shortstop and potential member of the starting rotation in return
Plain Dealer Dec 9, 2014

Chicago White Sox sign closer David Robertson, reportedly acquire RHP Jeff Samardzija

The White Sox's aggressive offseason continues with the signing of closer David Robertson and the reported acquisiton of righty Jeff Samardzija from Oakland in the first day of the winter meetings.
Rotoworld Dec 9, 2014

A's get Marcus Semien in Samardzija trade - Marcus Semien (3B) Oakland Athletics

Athletics acquired INF Marcus Semien, C Josh Phegley, RHP Chris Bassitt, 1B Rangel Ravelo from the White Sox for RHP Jeff Samardzija and RHP Michael Ynoa.

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