The Oakland A’s are close to “a fairly significant deal” involving starter Jeff Samardzia, who they acquired last season. The Athletics would be getting back several pieces in return and Brillian Beane is targeting hitters.
The Athletics acquired Samardzija and Jason Hammel in a trade with the Cubs in early July, sending prospect Addison Russell and Dan Strailey and Billy McKinney to the Cubs. Samardzija posted a 3.14 ERA with a 99/12 K/BB ratio over 111 2/3 innings with the A’s in 2014. Samardzia is presently eligible eligible for arbitration for the third and final time, and is projected to earn $9.5 million.