White Sox want to sign Jeff Samardzija to long-term deal

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Now that Chicago’s deal to acquire Jeff Samardzija (and Michael Ynoa) from Oakland is complete, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn told reporters that he wants to sign Samardzija to a long-term contract extension.

Samardzija has one season remaining until free agency, which is why the A’s traded him, but Hahn says the White Sox “are going to make every effort in the coming weeks and months to try to make this a long-term relationship.”

Samardzija played for the Cubs previously and indicated that he liked Chicago, so presumably he’d want to stick around, but he’s also 30 years old and potentially in line for a $100 million-plus contract this time next offseason.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.