Report: White Sox talking to Athletics about Jeff Samardzija

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Could right-hander Jeff Samardzija be close to returning to Chicago? It’s a possibility, according to Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times, who hears that the White Sox are involved in discussions with the Athletics about the former Cub.

There’s apparently more to this than your average vague Hot Stove rumor, as one source speculates that the two sides are past the “just talking” stage and believes that “serious talks are going on.” Busy days for Billy Beane. It’s unclear who is being discussed in the deal beyond Samardzija. Schouwen mentions that Alexei Ramirez could be a fit for the A’s since they need a shortstop, but it’s also possible they’ll ask for prospects in return.

Samardzija earned $5.345 million this past season while posting a 2.99 ERA across 33 starts between Chicago and Oakland. He’s arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter. Some have reasoned that the A’s will wait for Max Scherzer/Jon Lester to sign before attempting to deal Samardzija, but the right offer could change that.