Oakland Athletics ace Jeff Samardzija is reportedly a trade interest of the Chicago White Sox.
Samardzija, 29, is reportedly available because the A's have a deep collection of pitchers, making them unlikely to re-sign Samardzija once he becomes a free agent after the upcoming season.
Samardzija was initially the subject of trade rumors on Friday, as Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported the All-Star pitcher could be a part of forthcoming trades involving the A's. Oakland ultimately came to terms on a five-player trade revolving around star third baseman Josh Donaldson with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Slusser and the Bloomington (Ill.) Pantagraph -- the town's daily paper -- reported thereafter that Samardzija could be headed to the White Sox.
Samardzija played college football at Notre Dame, which could further increase his appeal to the White Sox. Samardzija was also born in northern Illinois.
Oakland acquired Samardzija along with right-hander Jason Hammel in a July trade with Chicago Cubs. In 16 starts with the A's, Samardzija went 5-6 with a 3.14 ERA, 99 strikeouts and 12 walks. He finished the season with a 2.99 ERA, 202 strikeouts and 43 walks in 33 starts.
- Mike Fiammetta