From Nick Cafardo’s Sunday notes column in the Boston Globe:
Jeff Samardzija, RHP, Athletics — Numerous teams are trying to obtain the righthander, including the Red Sox, according to a team source. Samardzija is 29 and can become a free agent in 2016. GM Billy Beane is fielding offers as he is in a trade frenzy trying to re-create his contending team. The Red Sox have all the pieces Beane would want, including young pitching and middle infielders.
The White Sox and Braves have also been linked to Samardzija, who had an outstanding 2.99 ERA, 1.065 WHIP, and 202/43 K/BB ratio in 219 2/3 innings this past season between the Cubs and A’s.
Samardzija made $5.345 million in 2014, so he’ll probably command a salary over $9 million in 2015 — his final year of arbitration. That’s obviously still a very good price for a starting pitcher of his caliber.