The Giants rebounded from rejection from Zack Grenkie today with an agreement with Jeff Samardzija for 5 years worth 90 million dollars.
Samardzija, a right-hander who turns 31 in January, was a top-notch starter in 2013 and 2014 before having a terrible 2015 season with the White Sox. He allowed an American League-high 118 earned runs, 29 homers and 228 hits. However, his stuff has not been questioned and he was highly sought in this year’s free-agent market as an alternative to A-level pitchers Greinke, David Price and Jordan Zimmermann.
Even as his stats took a deep turn south last year, his fastball velocity remained steady at 94 mph, according to Fangraphs.
As recently as 2014, Samardzija had a 2.99 ERA and 1.065 WHIP with the Cubs and A’s. He struck out 8.3 batters per nine innings. All those numbers declined markedly as well in his one season with the White Sox — 4.96, 1.294 and 6.9.
Samardzija will likely slot into the number two or three spot in the rotation depending on Matt Cain recovery from elbow problems.
It appears that with both Grenkie and Price off the board, the rest of the available pieces are starting to fall into place. It looks to be a wild couple of weeks. All eyes are on you Johnny Cueto.