Giants sign Jeff Samardzija to a five-year, $90 million deal

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UPDATE: The Giants have officially announced the deal, though it’s still pending a physical.

1:05 p.m. ET: The Giants didn’t wait long to move on from their pursuit of Zack Greinke, as Alex Pavlovic of CSNBayArea.com reports that the club has signed free agent right-hander Jeff Samardzija to a five-year contract, pending a physical. Yahoo Sports’ Tim Brown hears that the deal is worth $90 million.

Samardzija, who turns 31 in January, is coming off a disappointing year where he posted a 4.96 ERA over 32 starts while allowing a league-high 29 home runs in 214 innings. He also saw his strikeout rate fall from 8.3 K/9 to 6.9 K/9. However, a move back to the National League and a pitcher-friendly home ballpark should be good for him. Playing in front of a superior defense should also help.

Samardzija turned down a qualifying offer from the White Sox to test the open market, so the Giants will have to surrender their first-round pick for 2016.

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that Samardzija’s deal with the Giants includes a limited no-trade clause.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.