The Chicago White Sox have acquired right-handed pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Michael Ynoa (pronounced "IN-no-uh") from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for right-handed pitcher Chris Bassitt, catcher Josh Phegley, first baseman Rangel Ravelo and infielder Marcus Semien.
Samardzija, 29, was 7-13 with a 2.99 ERA (73 ER/219.2 IP), two complete games, 202 strikeouts and a .234 opponents average (191-815) over 33 starts between the Chicago Cubs and Oakland last season. He was traded from the Cubs to the Athletics on July 5. Samardzija made 23 quality starts, worked at least 7.0 IP 21 times, allowed two earned runs or less in 21 outings and one earned run or less 14 times.
"Jeff is one of the elite right-handed starting pitchers in baseball, and we believe his addition to our roster gives us the potential for a formidable starting rotation," said Rick Hahn, White Sox senior vice president/general manager. "His competitiveness fits well in our clubhouse, on the mound and in our city."
A 2014 All-Star, Samardzija established career bests in IP, strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.70), opponents on-base percentage (.279) and walks per 9.0 IP (1.76). He was 5-6 with a 3.14 ERA (39 ER/111.2 IP) over 16 starts with the Athletics following the trade, including a career-best 16.0 scoreless IP streak from September 5-14. Samardzija recorded five scoreless outings last season, all no decisions. He owns an 8.82 strikeout per 9.0 IP mark since becoming a starting pitcher in 2012.
Samardzija is one of just five pitchers to record 200 or more strikeouts in each of the last two seasons. The list includes the White Sox Chris Sale, Seattle's Felix Hernandez, the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw and Detroit's Max Scherzer. He is 36-48 with a 3.85 ERA (333 ER/777.2 IP), five complete games, one shutout and 738 strikeouts in 222 career games (99 starts) in seven seasons with the Cubs (2008-14) and Athletics (2014). Samardzija has allowed just 81 homers and 277 walks lifetime.
Semien, 24, appeared in 64 games over two stints with the White Sox last season, hitting .234 (54-231) with 10 doubles, six home runs, 28 RBI and 30 runs scored. He also batted .267 (81-303) with 20 doubles, 15 homers and 52 RBI in 83 games with Charlotte. Semien, who made his major-league debut with the club in 2013, was originally selected by Chicago in the sixth round of the 2011 draft.
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