Author: Matthew Pouliot

Marcus Semien

A’s to get Marcus Semien, Chris Bassitt from White Sox for Jeff Samardzija


While the deal isn’t expected to be announced until Tuesday, the Athletics are acquiring Jeff Samardzija from the White Sox,’s Jon Heyman reported. CSN Chicago’s Dan Hayes later confirmed the deals.

The A’s will get three players in return. Two of them are infielder Marcus Semien and right-hander Chris Bassitt, says the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser.

If the third player is another solid prospect, it would seem to be a better trade for the A’s than either the Josh Donaldson deal with the Blue Jays or the Brandon Moss trade with the Indians. Semien can step right in at shortstop for Oakland, and while he won’t show exceptional range, he should be adequate defensively and a solid bat. Ideally, he’ll be a more durable version of Jed Lowrie, and if Oakland’s shortstop prospects develop as hoped, Semien can be moved to second or third down the line.

Bassitt, a 16th-round find out of the University of Akron in 2011, emerged as a legitimate rotation candidate last year after starting his minor league career as a reliever. He still might wind up as a setup man for the long haul, but he deserves a longer look at the back of the rotation first.

It’s not an overwhelming return, but considering that Samardzija has just one year until free agency, the A’s didn’t do badly here. Of course, neither did the White Sox. While Semien projects as a nice player, the middle infield is one area where the White Sox system is quite strong. Samardzija will slot in between lefties Chris Sale and Jose Quintana in the White Sox rotation, giving them a top three to be reckoned with.

2014 Non-tender Tracker

Kris Medlen AP

We’ll be compiling the non-tenders as they come in prior to Tuesday’s midnight deadline. These players immediately become free agents.


Angels – INF Gordon Beckham, RP Yoslan Herrera, SP Wade LeBlanc

Astros – none

Athletics – 1B-OF Kyle Blanks, OF Andrew Brown

Blue Jays – OF Andy Dirks, OF John Mayberry Jr., 1B Justin Smoak

Indians – none

Mariners – INF Carlos Rivero

Orioles – none

Rangers – RP Michael Kirkman, RP Alexi Ogando, INF Adam Rosales

Rays – none

Red Sox – 1B-3B Juan Francisco

Royals – RP Francisley Bueno

Tigers – none

Twins – none

White Sox – SP Scott Carroll, RP Scott Snodgress

Yankees – SP Jose Campos, OF Slade Heathcott, RP David Huff


Braves – SP Brandon Beachy, SP Kris Medlen, SP Gus Schlosser

Brewers – none

Cardinals – INF Daniel Descalso

Cubs – C John Baker, RP Wesley Wright

Diamondbacks – none

Dodgers – none

Giants – none

Marlins – none

Mets – OF Eric Young Jr.

Nationals – none

Padres – SS Everth Cabrera

Phillies – none

Pirates – 1B Gaby Sanchez, RP Chaz Roe

Reds – RP Logan Ondrusek, RP Curtis Partch

Rockies – RP Kraig Sitton

Report: Blue Jays, Astros discuss Dexter Fowler

Dexter Fowler

According to’s Jon Morosi, the Blue Jays and Astros have had discussions regarding center fielder Dexter Fowler, who is a year away from free agency.

One year after acquiring him from the Rockies, the Astros see Fowler as expendable with both George Springer and Jake Marisnick capable of playing center field. Fowler was the team’s second-highest paid player last year, receiving $7.35 million in the second year of a two-year deal he signed with Colorado. He’s due about $9 million in arbitration this winter.

Fowler hit well in his first year outside of Colorado, coming in at .276/.375/.399 in 434 at-bats. However, he was limited to 116 games by an intercostal strain. He’s yet to play more than 143 games as a major leaguer, and the numbers have his defense getting worse each year. If he were to stay in Houston, it’d probably be for the best if he were moved to a corner.

The Jays need both a left fielder and a center fielder with Melky Cabrera and Colby Rasmus having become free agents. They do have prospect Dalton Pompey as a center field option and a potentially adequate and cheap left-field platoon in Andy Dirks and John Mayberry Jr. Still, ideally, they would upgrade one of those spots, and the Astros probably wouldn’t need a whole lot in return to move on from Fowler.

12:20 a.m. EST update: The Jays non-tendered both Dirks and Mayberry prior to Tuesday’s midnight deadline, which would certainly suggest they’re confident in their ability to bring in a left-field upgrade.