A day after the Diamondbacks shocked the world by signing Zack Greinke and the Cubs signed John Lackey, the Giants, who lost out on both, have gone out and signed former White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija.
Reports indicate the Giants will sign him to a five year, $90 million deal. Samardzija joins a rotation that includes Madison Bumgarner, Chris Heston, Matt Cain, and Jake Peavy. Samardzija is coming off his third consecutive 200+ inning season, but struggled to a 11-13 with a 4.96 ERA, 4.23 FI, 4.31 xFIP, but saw his strikeout rate plummet from 8.28 K/9 to 6.86 K/9, and gave up more than a home run per nine innings in 2015.
But, that was pitching in US Cellular Field in Chicago. The move to San Francisco definitely improves his fantasy value going forward, as he will be pitching in one of the best pitchers parks in the game, and will pitch under the tutelage of one of the better pitching coaches, Dave Righetti, in the game.
I like this move for San Francisco….that is if I was a Giants fan…..which I am not. That said, the Dodgers still have to replace the recently departed Greinke. I see them signing Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake or trading for one of the Indians starters Carlos Carrasco or Danny Salazar.
The downside of this deal for the Giants is that they have to give up their first round pick in the 2016 MLB draft, as Samardzija was offered a qualifying offer by the White Sox and rejected it.