White Sox “in serious talks” with A’s for Jeff Samardzija

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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.