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Chicago White Sox: Jeff Samardzija on the move?

Since their paltry first half didn't fully convince the Chicago White Sox they were destined to be sellers at the deadline, the team's equally paltry performance against the Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals sealed the deal. What complicates the White Sox' buy/sell dilemma is that they aren't willing to walk away from the group of assembled players, as the majority figure to contribute across the n ...

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Chicago White Sox: Second half questions

At 41-45, the Chicago White Sox find themselves in a more precarious situation than their North Side-dwelling brethren. And were it not for a flash of life just prior to the All-Star break that saw them win 9 of their last 12, we'd probably already consider them roadkill for the vultures of the impending trade deadline, and Robin Ventura might be looking for another job. But hope remains. Thanks to the seco ...

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Chicago Cubs prospect watch: Billy McKinney

A year ago today, the Chicago Cubs acquired Addison Russell, Billy McKinney, and the now-traded Dan Straily from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. With Samardzija bailing to the south side of Chicago, and Hammel signing back with the Cubs this season, the Athletics clearly came out on the wrong end of this deal. The Athletics must have really thought they were ...

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White Sox Offseason Evaluations: Part 1

The baseball season is almost a third completed and it’s time to evaluate all the new talent that came to the South Side. This offseason was busy for Rick Hahn and the Chicago White Sox (wonder where he got it from). As I recently stated in Chicago White Sox division woes spell doom, the season has not gone exactly as planned. While the entire club is not at fault, the new guys deserve part of the blame. Le ...

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Three Up, Three Down: Castro, Samardzija the good; Lester, Danks the ugly

Two weeks in, neither Chicago baseball club has hit their stride – yet, anyway. White Sox pitching has been bad with a team ERA among the league’s lowest and a lineup that isn’t quite ready to bail them out on the regular. The Cubs were playing well enough to boast the fact they had not yet lost a series this season… until they lost on Sunday to the Padres after blowing their another lead late in the game. ...

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Chicago Baseball Round-Up: Opening Week worries

Let’s overreact to the first week of baseball! The White Sox are 2-4 and scuffled plenty in Kansas City, but started pulling it together over the weekend, winning their last two games against Minnesota. The Cubs are steady, swinging and missing more than they’d like but their pitching staff has yet to yield more than five runs in a game and it’s allowed their bats to play catch-up. So, a quick round-up of l ...

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Chicago White Sox acquire Jeff Samardzija, David Robertson

The Chicago White Sox were the biggest winners on day 1 of the Winter Meetings in San Diego. The Sox acquired starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija from the Oakland A's for infielder Marcus Semien, pitcher Chris Bassitt and a player to be named later according to reports. But the Sox weren't done yet. They also signed free agent reliever David Robertson to a 4-year deal worth $46 million. Robertson will help boo ...

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Starlin Castro named Cubs All-Star; Rizzo final vote contestant

Starlin Castro will currently be the only Chicago Cub to be in Minnesota for the 2014 MLB All-Star game next week. Castro was named to the roster as a backup shortstop. This is Castro's third All-Star selection in his young career. Castro is hitting .287 with 11 home runs and 51 RBI's on the season. Castro will represent the Cubs, but he will have a former teammate there to be honored as well. Just a a few ...

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BREAKING: Cubs trade Samardzija, Hammel to Oakland

The Cubs have traded two starting pitchers to the Oakland Athletics for a load of prospects. Ken Rosenthal reports the Cubs have sent starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the A's for shortstop Addison Russell, outfielder Billy McKinley and pitcher Dan Straily. Russell is the A's top prospect and was ranked as high as #3 overall by rankings. He should be the Cubs top prospect as soon as he joins the ...

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Report: Chicago Cubs, Jeff Samardzija discussing long-term deal

The rumors have been swirling about the Cubs fielding offers for starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija as the team appears ready to trade him. But a new report out today from Gordon Wittenmyer suggests the Cubs have different plans for the pitcher. Wittenmyer reports the Cubs have began talks with Samardzija about a multiyear extension. The reported offer from the Cubs is five-years and a higher offer than the p ...

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