Bob Nightingale of USA Today reports that the White Sox have “engaged in serious talks” with the A’s for Jeff Samardzija and “are looming as the front-runners” to acquire the right-hander.
Samardzija spent the first six-and-a-half seasons of his career in Chicago pitching for the Cubs before being traded to the A’s in July and was first linked to the White Sox a couple weeks ago.
Top prospects Marcus Semien and Tim Anderson would seemingly be likely A’s targets in a potential Samardzija deal, but Nightingale didn’t get into any specifics in terms of their asking price.
Samardzija is one season away from free agency and coming off a career-year in which he started 33 games and threw 220 innings with a 2.99 ERA and 202/43 K/BB ratio at age 29.
Robert Murray reports that Brewers infielder Luis Urías underwent surgery to repair a fractured left hamate bone, suffered during a game in the Mexican Pacific Winter League. The club expects him to miss six to eight weeks, which likely means he will not start the regular season on time.
The Brewers acquired Urías from the Padres along with pitcher Eric Lauer in late November in exchange for pitcher Zach Davies and outfielder Trent Grisham.
Last season with the Padres, Urías hit .223/.329/.326 across 249 plate appearances. While his offense isn’t anything to write home about, he does play above-average defense with the ability to play several positions.
Urías was slated to be the regular shortstop, so his late start likely means Orlando Arcia will get another chance to prove himself. Arcia has failed to live up to expectations across four seasons in the big leagues thus far.