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


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.

Padres, Rockies set new modern era record with 92 combined runs in four-game series

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The Padres and Rockies combined to score 92 runs across a four-game series between Thursday and Sunday at Coors Field, setting a new modern era major league record. The previous record was 89 combined runs scored by the Phillies and Brooklyn Dodgers in four games between May 16-18, 1929.

The Rockies won Thursday’s game 9-6. The Padres scored six runs in the ninth inning on Tuesday to overcome an 11-5 deficit and ended up winning 16-12 in 12 innings. The Rockies won 14-8 on Saturday. On Sunday, the Rockies brought a 13-10 lead into the ninth inning, but Wade Davis and Jon Gray combined to allow four runs. Kirby Yates held the Rockies scoreless in the bottom half of the ninth to secure the 14-13 win for the Padres. Thanks to two wild comebacks by the Padres, they split the series.

Along with 92 runs, the Padres and Rockies combined for 131 hits of which 17 were home runs. Charlie Blackmon had four hits in the first three games and three hits on Sunday, overall going 15-for-24 with four homers and 10 RBI.