CSS Button No Image Css3Menu.com

Baseball Prospectus home
  
  
Click here to log in Click here for forgotten password Click here to subscribe

Articles Tagged Jeff Samardzija 

Search BP Articles

All Blogs (including podcasts)

Active Columns

Authors

Article Types

Archives

12-09

comment icon

0

Raising Aces: Free Agent Roulette: Jeff Samardzija and Hisashi Iwakuma
by
Doug Thorburn

10-16

comment icon

14

Rubbing Mud: The Qualifying Offer Slows as it Grows
by
Matthew Trueblood

09-21

comment icon

6

The Buyer's Guide: Jeff Samardzija
by
J.P. Breen

05-15

comment icon

1

Daisy Cutter: Shark Tank
by
Sahadev Sharma

02-19

comment icon

2

Tale of the Tape: Jeff Samardzija vs. James Shields
by
Matt Collins

07-07

comment icon

15

Transaction Analysis: Billy Beane Buys What the Cubs Are Selling
by
R.J. Anderson, Ron Shah, Jason Parks, Bret Sayre and Mauricio Rubio

05-30

comment icon

11

What Scouts Are Saying: May 30, 2014
by
Baseball Prospectus

03-10

comment icon

6

Five to Watch: National League Pitchers With Elevated BABIPs
by
Craig Goldstein

02-26

comment icon

0

Rumor Roundup: What Ervin is Asking
by
Daniel Rathman

01-23

comment icon

6

Fantasy Team Preview: Chicago Cubs
by
Craig Goldstein

11-26

comment icon

9

Rumor Roundup: Beltran to the Bronx?
by
Daniel Rathman

09-20

comment icon

10

Pebble Hunting: Attacking Andrew McCutchen
by
Sam Miller

08-20

comment icon

0

What You Need to Know: Recapping the Dodgers' Incredible Run
by
Daniel Rathman

05-30

comment icon

0

BP Unfiltered: Jeff Samardzija's Mysterious Splitter
by
Harry Pavlidis

05-10

comment icon

9

On the Beat: Harping on Harper
by
John Perrotto

05-10

comment icon

3

Value Picks: Starting Pitchers for 5/10/12
by
Paul Sporer

04-12

comment icon

0

Heartburn Hardball: The Dangers of First Impressions
by
Jonathan Bernhardt

04-11

comment icon

4

Prospectus Game of the Week: Samardzija's Big Day Out
by
R.J. Anderson

08-11

comment icon

10

Checking the Numbers: Scouting the Cubs/Phillies Series
by
Eric Seidman

11-11

comment icon

8

Future Shock: Cubs Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-16

comment icon

0

Future Shock: Cubs Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

03-19

comment icon

0

Transaction Analysis: March 13-18, 2007
by
Christina Kahrl

<< Previous Tag Entries No More Tag Entries

The two most recent NL West free agent additions go under the microscope.

The rest of this article is restricted to Baseball Prospectus Subscribers.

Not a subscriber?

Click here for more information on Baseball Prospectus subscriptions or use the buttons to the right to subscribe and get access to the best baseball content on the web.


Cancel anytime.


That's a 33% savings over the monthly price!


That's a 33% savings over the monthly price!

Already a subscriber? Click here and use the blue login bar to log in.

This is a BP Premium article. To read it, sign up for Premium today!

October 16, 2015 8:13 am

Rubbing Mud: The Qualifying Offer Slows as it Grows

14

Matthew Trueblood

Discussing the eleven players that make up the qualifying offer bubble.

In the excitement and immersion of the playoffs, some extraneous news tidbits can go fly under one’s radar for a while. Things affecting teams not playing on into October do continue to happen during the month; they just get less attention. So it was that Jon Heyman reported, a week ago now, that the qualifying offer (QO, from now on) teams will need to offer free agents hitting the market next month in order to get a draft pick if they sign elsewhere will be $15.8 million. I didn’t catch wind of that news until Thursday afternoon.

It’s interesting information, though, and it makes for some interesting analysis. Consider the progression of the QO since its first winter in 2012:

The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.

This is a BP Fantasy article. To read it, sign up today!

September 21, 2015 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Jeff Samardzija

6

J.P. Breen

Is Shark's bite gone for good?

Many modern baseball fans are accustomed to making generalized assumptions about players based upon their statistical profiles. Guys with above-average strikeout rates have great stuff (hey, Joe Kelly) or a swing-and-miss repertoire. Similarly, a low walk rate is commonly used as evidence for someone having plus command. If a pitcher has both qualities, common sense suggests that he’ll be a quality arm.

The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.

What's the matter with Samardzija?

Nearly any way you slice it, Jeff Samardzija’s story is one of repeatedly proving the doubters wrong. The right-hander has gone from hyped prospect—more due to name recognition than his performance on the field—to disappointment, to nearly being released, to having a strong season out of the ‘pen, to succeeding and sticking as a starter, to eventually emerging as one of the better ones in the game last summer. Every step of the way, there were few who believed he'd find his footing, and every step of the way, Samardzija added more believers. After spending his entire career with the Chicago Cubs organization, Samardzija found himself traded for the second time in the span of a few months this offseason, returning to Chicago, this time on the South Side.

Acquiring the former Notre Dame football star was supposed to give the White Sox quite the imposing front of the rotation, with Samardzija slotting in nicely between perennial Cy Young candidate Chris Sale, and Jose Quintana, who has his own surprising success story to tell. But seven starts into his Sox career, Samardzija has not been close to what most expected: A 4.80 ERA, 4.27 DRA, 102 cFIP (the latter two indicate he’s not just getting bad lucked), with a couple of career-worsts as a starter: a 17.7 percent strikeout rate and 35.1 percent groundball rate.

Read the full article...

This is a BP Fantasy article. To read it, sign up today!

February 19, 2015 6:00 am

Tale of the Tape: Jeff Samardzija vs. James Shields

2

Matt Collins

Deciding between the new South Sider and the new Padre.

For this week’s Tale of the Tape, we have two pitchers who were among the biggest acquisitions for a couple of the most active teams this winter. Jeff Samardzija joins a White Sox rotation that now has one of the better one-two punches in the game with him and Chris Sale. James Shields joins a Padres team that made a trade approximately every ten minutes this offseason. They placed 19th and 20th, respectively, in our rankings and will be a couple of the most intriguing pitchers in the league in 2015.

ERA

The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.

The A's go all in, and the Cubs add to their prospect stockpile.



The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.

This is a BP Premium article. To read it, sign up for Premium today!

May 30, 2014 6:00 am

What Scouts Are Saying: May 30, 2014

11

Baseball Prospectus

Scouts' quotes about Jeff Samardzija, Maikel Franco, Michael Lorenzen, and other players of interest.

Many of our authors make a habit of speaking to scouts and other talent evaluators in order to bring you the best baseball information available. Not all of the tidbits gleaned from those conversations make it into our articles, but we don't want them to go to waste. Instead, we'll be collecting them in a regular feature called "What Scouts Are Saying," which will be open to participation from the entire BP staff and include quotes about minor leaguers and major leaguers alike.

Major Leagues

The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.

This is a BP Fantasy article. To read it, sign up today!

March 10, 2014 6:00 am

Five to Watch: National League Pitchers With Elevated BABIPs

6

Craig Goldstein

These five starters saw a lot of the balls hit against them land for hits, but was it bad luck or a sign of things to come?

A lot of the time, batting average on balls in play (BABIP) is used as a shorthand for luck, and while that can be the case, it’s not necessarily the case. Today I’m going to look at the top five BABIP pitchers in the National League with a minimum of 150 innings pitched to see what, if anything, connects them, and if that means there is hidden value in these players.

The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.

This is a BP Premium article. To read it, sign up for Premium today!

February 26, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: What Ervin is Asking

0

Daniel Rathman

Assessing Santana's price tag, plus the latest on Jeff Samardzija and Johan Santana.

Ervin Santana’s asking price still four years, $50 million
The calendar will soon read March, and Opening Day is fast approaching, but Ervin Santana is holding firm to his demands. According to executives who spoke with CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the right-hander wants $50 million over four years. Matt Garza, Ricky Nolasco, and Ubaldo Jimenez got roughly that guarantee—so, in the minds of Santana and his agent, Bean Stringfellow, the former Royal deserves the same.


The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.

This is a BP Fantasy article. To read it, sign up today!

January 23, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Chicago Cubs

6

Craig Goldstein

Rick Renteria's lineup has a few intriguing bats, but you'll probably have to look elsewhere for pitching.

Last year was yet another tough one for Cubs fans, even if the Epstein/Hoyer/McLeod-led front office continues to stockpile assets. The win-loss record is a nagging source of frustration for the fans, and the on-field lineup might just be as frustrating for fantasy owners. With the potential to sport a platoon in the outfield and a defensive specialist in the infield, as well as a patient front office that will keep its drool-worthy prospects at bay, this Cubs tree isn’t likely to bear much fruit in the early going.

Projected Lineup

The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.

This is a BP Premium article. To read it, sign up for Premium today!

November 26, 2013 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Beltran to the Bronx?

9

Daniel Rathman

Carlos Beltran is the Yankees' top target, and the Blue Jays are eyeing available starters, including Jeff Samardzija.

Carlos Beltran is Yankees’ top target
General manager Brian Cashman nabbed his first free agent last week, when Brian McCann agreed to a five-year, $85 million hitch with the Yankees that includes a vesting option for the 2019 season. If Cashman has his way, Beltran will soon join McCann in the Bronx.


The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.

This is a BP Premium article. To read it, sign up for Premium today!

September 20, 2013 6:00 am

Pebble Hunting: Attacking Andrew McCutchen

10

Sam Miller

Do pitchers target a tough opponent's weakness, or stick with their own strength?

Every hitter has a hole. Barry Bonds, during spring training, had given an interview with ESPN in which he as much as said, "if you make your pitch, you can get me out." The issue wasn't whether a hitter had a weakness, but where it was. Every pitcher in the big leagues knew that Giambi's hole was waist-high, on the inside corner of the plate. It was about the size of a pint of milk, two baseballs in height and one baseball in width. Which raised an obvious question: why don't the pitchers just aim for the milk pint? Moneyball, Chapter 7, "Giambi's Hole."

There seem to actually be two points in that paragraph, and they contradict each other. "Every pitcher in the big leagues" was saying that Giambi had a weakness, and that if you could throw him kryptonite it would get him out. But Bonds seemed to be saying something else: "If you make your pitch, you can get me out." Your pitch.

The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.

<< Previous Tag Entries No More Tag Entries