Jeff Samardzija is headed back to Chicago, but this time he will join the White Sox. In return the Oakland Athletics will get Marcus Semien, Chris Bassitt, Josh Phegley and Rangel Ravelo. Michael Ynoa will go to the White Sox as well. Semien will be the A's opening day shortstop. Samardzija joins Chris Sale, Jose Quintana, Hector Noesi, and John Danks in the White Sox rotation. Chicago also added Adam LaRoche this offseason and bolstered their bullpen with Zach Duke. At this point, it would appear as though Alexei Ramirez isn't going anywhere. The White Sox are ready to try and compete in 2015.
Samardzija was traded by the Chicago Cubs last season, with Jason Hammel, in exchange for Addison Russell. Hammel is back with the Cubs, and Shark is now over in the South side of Chicago. He spent the first 7 years of his career with the Cubs, but did not become a starter until the 2012 season. He is a prime example of why you can not judge a pitcher by his W-L record. He has yet to win 10 games in a season, yet finished with an ERA under 3.00 this past season. With Jose Abreu in the White Sox lineup, he should finally start to see some run support!
Semien should start the season as Oakland's shortstop, but he won't be much help in fantasy baseball. He just turned 24 and over 300 career ABs, he owns a .240/.293/.380 slash line with 14 doubles, 8 home runs, 35 RBI and 90 strikeouts! His minor league numbers should lead you to believe he doesn't strikeout at such a high rate, but Major League pitching is much more difficult to hit. He is a career .272 minor league hitter. He could hit 20 doubles and steal 20 bases.
The 25-year-old Bassitt made his big-league debut in 2014 despite missing much of the year with a broken hand. In four minor-league seasons, Bassitt has a 2.97 ERA, 8.6 K/9 and 3.9 BB/9. Baseball America’s Prospect Handbook 2014 ranked Bassitt the White Sox’ 15th-best prospect heading into the season. - MLB Trade Rumors