Jeff Samardzija is the latest starting pitcher off the market after agreeing to a 5-year, $90 million deal with the San Francisco Giants.
Per Alex Pavlovic:
Giants signed Jeff Samardzija to a five-year deal, pending a physical.
— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) December 5, 2015
Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports was first to report the dollar amount.
Samardzija gets 5 yrs, $90m from Giants.
— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) December 5, 2015
The Giants jumped on the market after watching Zack Greinke sign with the Arizona Diamondbacks, leaving their NL West rival Los Angeles Dodgers still looking for an answer.
Samardzija had a rough season last year after being traded to the Chicago White Sox from the Oakland A’s in the offseason. He gave up the most runs, hits and homers in all of baseball and finished with a 4.96 ERA.
Prior to last season, he was emerging as a front-line starter with the Chicago Cubs. Prior to being traded to the A’s in 2014, Samardzija posted a 2.83 ERA in 108 innings, earning an All-Star nod in the process.
Part of the appeal to Samardzija is his relatively low workload and his durability. Because he was a reliever for his first four seasons, Samardzija’s inning count isn’t nearly as high as others reaching free agency for the first time.
At the same time, Samardzija has been extremely durable throughout his career. He’s thrown over 200 innings in three straight seasons.
Samardzija joins a starting rotation in San Francisco that is full of question marks after Madison Bumgarner. He’ll likely slide in as the team’s No. 2 starter.