Today, the San Francisco Giants landed Jeff “The Shark” Samardzija and pried him away from other big market teams like the Cardinals and Dodgers. The Shark will receive a 5 year deal worth $90 mil, according to Yahoo Sports’ Tim Brown.
Meanwhile, Samardzija had an up and down 2015 campaign, but before the 2015 season he was a stud between 2011-2014. Samardzija’s pitching record between those seasons ended with more losses, but he was on a crappy Cubs team at the time and they could not win. He was traded to Oakland at the deadline in 2014 and did good too. So, Samardzija finished those years with a 32-43 record and posting a 3.61 ERA in 696 innings pitched with 683 K’s. Samardzija pitched in 169 games and started only 94 of them.
Hopefully, the 30 year old can find his old form and if he does then the Giants got one of the steals in the off-season. The Indiana native finished the 2015 season with an 11-13 record and earning a 4.96 ERA in 214 innings pitched and striking out 163 batters. Samardzija is heading to one of the better pitcher friendly parks and that should help him keep the ball in the yard. He gave up the most homers in baseball in 2015 with 29 and gave up the most hits with 228.
Finally, Samardzija will join Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain, Chris Heston, and Jake Peavy in the rotation. Now, do not count out the Giants in resigning Mike Leake. The money they saved from getting Greinke could go to another starter after spending half of it on Samardzija.
Note: Samardzija rejected a qualifying offer from the White Sox, the Giants will have to give up their first round draft pick (18th overall). Chicago receives a compensation pick between the first and second rounds.