The Athletics are close to trading pitcher Jeff Samardzija, likely to the White Sox, according to multiple reports. Yahoo's Jeff Passan was first to report the news. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman confirmed the teams were nearing a deal.
Samardzija had a 2.99 ERA in 33 starts for the Cubs and A's last season. He headlined the Oakland rotation along with Jon Lester, who is a free agent.
Samardzija, who played for the Cubs from 2008 until he was traded to Oakland last summer, has one year remaining on his contract.
- Dan Gartland