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Pitching Coach Will Influence Where Samardzija Signs

Aug 4, 2015 5:49 AM

Unless he agrees to an extension with the Chicago White Sox, Jeff Samardzija will become a free agent at season's end.

Samardzija says that among many factors, the pitching coach he’d be working with will definitely influence his decision.

"That plays into it, for sure," Samardzija said. "When you're making a decision to go somewhere, you're looking at everything, and coaches are part of it. You want to be with someone you're comfortable with and respect. When they get on you, you want to know it came from a good place."

The right-hander considers himself "a pretty low-maintenance guy” and prefers pitching coaches who are hands-on only when needed. He cited Chris Bosio and Curt Young as previous mentors who were "big stand-and-watch guys," who "mostly talked about how to approach hitters."

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Tags: Chicago White Sox, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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White Sox Promote Nick Hostetler To Scouting Director

Aug 4, 2015 5:36 AM

The Chicago White Sox have promoted Nick Hostetler to scouting director.

Hostetler's predecessor, Doug Laumann, is moving into a new role as senior adviser to scouting operations.

The 37-year-old Hostetler has been a scout since 2001, first as an area scout with the White Sox, then with the Atlanta Braves for three years before rejoining the White Sox in 2007 as East Coast crosschecker. He became Laumann's assistant director in October 2012.

John Manuel/Baseball America

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White Sox Pursuing Hitter; Looking At Cespedes, Upton

Jul 30, 2015 6:39 PM

The Chicago White Sox are pursuing a hitter ahead of Friday's non-waiver deadline, a reversal in what their approach was expected to be.

Chicago is interested in Yoenis Cespedes of the Detroit Tigers and Justin Upton of the San Diego Padres.

The White Sox are just 2.5 games back in the AL Wild Card race.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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White Sox Waiting To Decide On Jeff Samardzija Trade

Jul 28, 2015 7:13 AM

The Chicago White Sox aren't expected to decide whether or not to trade Jeff Samardzija until after their current series plays out.

Chicago defeated the Boston Red Sox on Monday night. They are 12.5 games back in the American League Central, but less than five games out of the Wild Card race. They have three more games against the Red Sox before facing off against the New York Yankees.

Samardzija will become a free agent after the season.

It was reported on Monday that the Toronto Blue Jays had shown the most interest in the right-hander of any club.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

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Blue Jays Showing Strongest Interest In Jeff Samardzija

Jul 27, 2015 8:39 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays are showing the strongest interest of any team looking at Jeff Samardzija.

The San Francisco Giants have also recently checked in on Samardzija.

It was reported last week that the Chicago White Sox have become "increasingly willing" to move Samardzija, who is owed $9.8 million this season and will become a free agent this winter.

Dan Hayes/CSN Chicago

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago White Sox, San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Astros Discussed Samardzija With White Sox Before Kazmir Deal

Jul 24, 2015 7:00 AM

The Houston Astros engaged in trade talks with the Chicago White Sox about Jeff Samardzija before dealing for Scott Kazmir on Thursday, according to sources.

Houston ultimately opted to make the deal for Kazmir because they were more comfortable with the Oakland Athletics' asking price.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

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White Sox Now Listening To Trade Offers

Jul 20, 2015 4:40 PM

The Chicago White Sox are open to "listening" to trade offers after a series loss to the Kansas City Royals over the weekend.

However, Chicago won't simply sell off players because of a disappointing season. Chris Sale won't be moved as the club saw 2015 as the first of a three-year window of contention.

Jeff Samardzija is believed to be the most likely candidate for a trade.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

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Yost, Ventura Agree On One-Inning For Sale

Jul 13, 2015 1:45 PM

White Sox ace pitcher Chris Sale will take the mound during the All-Star Game on Tuesday night, American League manager Ned Yost said Monday, according to an report.

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Samardzija Doesn't Want White Sox To Trade Him

Jul 10, 2015 7:09 AM

The Chicago White Sox may have already decided to field offers for Jeff Samardzija, but the right-hander hopes the club is given a full season before a final evaluation is made.

"We need to keep playing well and hopefully let them know we're here and we need a whole year," Samardzija said.

The White Sox are 39-44 after notching seven wins in their last nine games.

"Early in the year, you press a lot," Samardzija admitted. "You've got a lot to prove in a place you watched for so long, you've talked about for so long. You just get excited, so sometimes you've got to pull back and go back to what works for you. For me, it's pounding the zone with my sinker, slider for strikes and the splitter down in the zone."

Doug Padilla/ESPN

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White Sox Won't Dismantle At Trade Deadline

Jul 6, 2015 9:37 AM

With a few weeks to go before the non-waiver trade deadline, the Chicago White Sox aren't expected to dismantle before July 31.

Chicago added several players via free agency this past offseason.

"It's important that we not lose sight of what our organization goal was, and that was to give us the best three-year window. And we're not going to abandon that completely with only three months to play," Ken Williams said. "I think [Rick Hahn's] done one hell of a job. Everyone wants to put the blame on [manager] Robin [Ventura], too, but all he can do is put the players in position to succeed. They're the ones who have to look in the mirror and execute. If we do anything, it will be consistent with trying to maximize this three-year plan or window that we set out originally."

The White Sox entered play on Monday at 36-43, occupying last place in the American League Central.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

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