Prior to the official start of Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings in San Diego, rumors of a Jeff Samardzija deal from Oakland to Chicago began to surface. The rumors turned to fruition during the first full day of the Winter Meetings as General Managers Billy Beane and Rich Hahn engineered a six-player swap that landed the White Sox a right-handed starter they desperately needed.
To the White Sox: RHP Jeff Samardzija, RHP Michael Ynoa
To the Athletics: IF Marcus Semien, IF Rangel Revelo, C Josh Phegley and P Chris Bassitt
Samardzija is clearly the headliner of this deal, and although he’s only under team control for 2015, the White Sox brought the Indiana native back to the midwest because they needed a right-handed power arm to complement southpaws Chris Sale, Jose Quintana and John Danks. Presumably, those will be the three left-handers to start the season in the rotation, with Carlos Rodon making his way on to that list at some point during 2015.