Pitching is highly valued in the MLB, and nothing makes that more clear than the San Francisco Giants signing free agent Jeff Samardzija to a 5 year $90 mil contract. Samardzija allowed the most hits, runs and home runs in the American League last season, finishing with a 4.96 ERA. A return to the National League and pitching at AT&T Park will help, but it will be difficult for him to be worth $18 mil per year.
Samardzija will join Madison Bumgarner, Jake Peavy, Matt Cain and Chris Heston in the Giants rotation. They are still interesting in bringing back Mike Leake, who they acquired in a trade with the Reds last season.
In signing Samardzija, the Giants add a workhorse who has averaged 216 innings in each of the last three seasons. This type of durability is sorely needed for a San Francisco rotation that has a lot of question marks behind ace Madison Bumgarner. - MLB Trade Rumors