Jeff Samardzija’s agent, Mark Rodgers, said that his client would consider an extension with the White Sox, per MLB Network Radio’s Jim Duquette. Rodgers added Samardzija would want to see “how it is” with the White Sox for half a season first before making a decision.
The White Sox traded with the Athletics to acquire Samardzija in December, sending Marcus Semien and three others to Oakland in the process.
Samardzija, 30, finsihed with an aggregate 2.99 ERA and a 202/43 K/BB ratio in 219 2/3 innings between the Cubs and the Athletics. He can become a free agent after the 2015 season.
On Thursday, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the Braves and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarría reunited on a one-year, $1 million contract.
Hechavarría, 30, began the season with the Mets but was released in mid-August and joined the Braves shortly thereafter. He enjoyed more success in Atlanta, albeit in a smaller sample size. In aggregate, Hechavarría hit .241/.299/.443 with nine home runs and 33 RBI over 221 trips to the plate. More importantly, he provided versatility with above-average defense.
The Braves are banking on Hechavarría doing more of the same in 2020 as a backup infielder. He will spell Ozzie Albies, Dansby Swanson, Johan Camargo, and Austin Riley as needed.