Hot Stove: If not Jason Heyward then who?
Sep 3, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija (29) pitches in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
Jeff Samardzija – SP
“The Shark”, as he is affectionally called is an upcoming free agent, and if you are curious if he wants to stay in Chicago or not, just look at his abysmal numbers and the fire storm that is the Chicago White Sox organization right now. He had a really rough return to the city of Chicago this season, as he finished 11-13 with a 4.96 ERA. Samardzija for some reason kind of reminds me of a more refined Lance Lynn.
With the rough numbers, it’s hard to think that he will come at that large of a price. With Heyward out and one or both of Jaime Garcia and John Lackey not returning. He may not be a bad gamble. If he can return to the form he had on the Cubs last season, he may be a steal.