Jeff Samardzija

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  • B/T: R/R
  • 6' 5"/225
  • Age: 30

Jeff Samardzija Stats

11-13 4.96 214.0 163 1.29

Jeff Samardzija MLB Career Stats

47-61 4.09 991.2 901 1.28

Jeff Samardzija Bio

  • Full Name: Jeffrey Alan Samardzija
  • Pronunciation: suh-MAR-juh
  • Nickname: Shark
  • Born: 1/23/1985 in Merrillville, IN
  • Draft: 2006, Chicago Cubs, 5th rd. (149th overall)
  • College: Notre Dame
  • Debut: July 25, 2008
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2015 Stats 11 13 4.96 32 32 0 214.0 163 1.29
MLB Career Stats 47 61 4.09 254 131 1 991.2 901 1.28
  • Status: Free Agent

Jeff Samardzija Four-seam FB Statcast Averages

Year Team LG NP Pitch Type Avg Pitch Speed (mph) Avg Perceived Speed (mph) Avg Spin Rate (rpm) Avg Extension (feet) Avg Exit Velocity (mph)
2015 White Sox AL 1131 Four-seam FB 94.57 94.39 2453.00 6.21 89.36
MLB Avg - - - Four-seam FB 92.90 92.54 2213.00 6.16 89.87


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November 19, 2015 at 1:44 PM ET

Samardzija meets with Cubs

The Cubs are exploring a reunion with right-hander Jeff Samardzija, adding them to the mix of teams looking at the free agent, according to's Phil Rogers.

November 13, 2015 at 7:44 PM ET

Samardzija declines qualifying offer

Jeff Samardzija rejected a one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer from the White Sox on Friday, making the right-hander one of 16 from the 20 offered to decline.


Jeff Samardzija Awards

NL All-Star

Year Team League
2014 Chi Cubs NL

NL Player of the Week

Week Team League
08/26/2013 Chi Cubs NL

Jeff Samardzija Leaderboards


Season W Rank
2015 11 23rd in AL


Season SO Rank
2012 180 14th in NL
2013 214 4th in NL
2015 163 15th in AL


Season WHIP Rank
2012 1.22 19th in NL
2015 1.29 24th in AL

Batting Average Against

Season AVG Rank
2012 .240 12th in NL

Games Started

Season GS Rank
2013 33 2nd in NL
2015 32 7th in AL

Complete Games

Season CG Rank
2012 1 17th in NL
2013 2 5th in NL
2014 2 6th in AL
2015 2 7th in AL


Season SHO Rank
2013 1 4th in NL
2015 2 1st in AL

Innings Pitched

Season IP Rank
2013 213.2 5th in NL
2015 214.0 5th in AL


Season G Rank
2011 75 10th in NL

Strikeouts per Nine Innings

Season K/9 Rank
2015 6.86 12th in AL

Strikeout/Walk Ratio

Season K/BB Rank
2013 2.74 17th in NL
2015 3.33 24th in AL

Bases on Balls

Season BB Rank
2012 56 20th in NL
2013 78 2nd in NL


Season H Rank
2013 210 3rd in NL
2015 228 1st in AL

Home Runs

Season HR Rank
2013 25 5th in NL
2015 29 1st in AL

Jeff Samardzija Latest Transactions

Team Date Transaction
November 2, 2015 RHP Jeff Samardzija elected free agency.
May 11, 2015 Chicago White Sox activated RHP Jeff Samardzija.
May 6, 2015 RHP Jeff Samardzija roster status changed by Chicago White Sox.
December 9, 2014 Oakland Athletics traded RHP Jeff Samardzija and RHP Michael Ynoa to Chicago White Sox for RHP Chris Bassitt, C Josh Phegley, 1B Rangel Ravelo and SS Marcus Semien.
October 2, 2014 Oakland Athletics activated RHP Jeff Samardzija.
September 30, 2014 Oakland Athletics reassigned RHP Jeff Samardzija to the minor leagues.
July 5, 2014 Chicago Cubs traded RHP Jason Hammel and RHP Jeff Samardzija to Oakland Athletics for SS Addison Russell, CF Billy McKinney, RHP Dan Straily and cash.
September 7, 2010 Chicago Cubs recalled Jeff Samardzija from Iowa Cubs.
April 24, 2010 Chicago Cubs optioned Jeff Samardzija to Iowa Cubs.
September 8, 2009 Chicago Cubs recalled Jeff Samardzija from Iowa Cubs.
August 13, 2009 Chicago Cubs optioned Jeff Samardzija to Iowa Cubs.
June 30, 2009 Chicago Cubs recalled Jeff Samardzija from Iowa Cubs.
May 6, 2009 Chicago Cubs optioned Jeff Samardzija to Iowa Cubs.
April 23, 2009 Chicago Cubs recalled Jeff Samardzija from Iowa Cubs.

Jeffrey Alan Samardzija Bio Info

Jeff is in his ninth season in the organization and has pitched exclusively at the major league level for Chicago since 2011 ... joined the Cubs starting rotation in 2012 and set career marks with 33 starts and 213.2 innings last season... Was one of four N.L. pitchers in 2013 to reach 213.2 innings and 214 strikeouts, joining the Dodgers Clayton Kershaw (236.0 IP, 232 SO), Philadelphia's Cliff Lee (222.2, 222) and St. Louis' Adam Wainwright (241.2, 219)... Since 2011, has averaged 9.1 strikeouts per 9.0 innings pitched, punching out 481 batters in 476.1 innings... In 66 career starts, is 19-29 with a 4.32 ERA (198 ER/412.2 IP) ... has a 3.84 ERA (62 ER/145.1 IP) and a 10-6 record in 123 relief appearances... Drafted by Chicago in the fifth round of the 2006 draft ... signed a five-year major league deal, January 19, 2007... Team declined 2012 major league option and re-signed him to a deal for 2012... Named the second-best prospect in the Cubs organization by Baseball America heading into the 2009 campaign ... the publication tabbed him as the eighth-best prospect in the system prior to 2008... Attended the University of Notre Dame where he was first team All-Big East in baseball and first team All-American for football... Was projected by Baseball America as the 20th-best overall prospect (including high school players) heading into the baseball draft but fell to the fifth round due to his dual commitments to baseball and football... An accomplished player on the gridiron, Jeff finished his Notre Dame football career with a school-record 179 receptions, 2,593 receiving yards and 27 receiving touchdowns … in 2006, he was named first team All-America by the Football Writers Association of America... Participated in the 2010 Cubs Caravan.


Combined to go 7-13 with a 2.99 ERA (73 ER/219.2 IP), 202 strikeouts and a .234 opponents average (191-815) over 33 starts between the Cubs and Oakland...Recorded career highs in IP (219.2) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.70) and career lows in opponents on-base percentage (.279) and walks per 9.0 IP (1.76) … matched his career highs in starts (33), losses (13) and complete games (2)...Became just the sixth pitcher since 1919 to own a winning percentage of .350 or less with a sub-3.00 ERA (.350, 2.99), joining Al Benton (1942; .350, 2.90), Don Cardwell (1968, .350, 2.96), Sammy Stewart (1981; .333, 2.32), Nolan Ryan (1987; .333, 2.76) and Jim Abbott (1992; .318, 2.77)...Ranked among the major-league leaders in IP (T9th), opponents on-base percentage (10th), starts (T11th), strikeouts (13th, 202), strikeout-to-walk ratio (14th) and opponents average (16th, .234)...Was traded on 7/5 by the Cubs with RHP Jason Hammel to the Athletics in exchange for RHP Dan Straily, OF Billy McKinney, INF Addison Russell and a PTBNL or cash considerations...Was named to his first National League All-Star Team on 7/7, two days after the trade (was not eligible to pitch)...His 13 no decisions tied for third in the major leagues … bullpen surrendered a lead six times in his starts...Made five scoreless starts (all no decisions), allowed one run or fewer in 11 starts (three wins and eight ND) and worked at least 7.0 IP 21 times...Became just the sixth pitcher since 1914 to have at least five no decisions in a season when allowing zero runs...Received two runs of support or fewer in 19 of his 33 starts...His teams were shut out six times...Went 0-4 with a 1.46 ERA (11 ER/68.0 IP) over his first 10 starts (8 QS)...Made his second career Opening Day start on 3/31 at Pittsburgh, throwing 7.0 scoreless IP in a no decision...Extended his OD scoreless streak to 16.0 (since 2011)...Posted a ND on 5/5 vs. the White Sox despite allowing one unearned run on three hits over a career-high tying 9.0 IP...Earned his first win in his 200th career game on 5/26 at San Francisco (3 ER/7.0 IP), snapping a six-game and 16-start winless stretch since 2013 (sixth 10-plus strikeout game)...Went 1-1 with a 1.32 ERA (5 ER/34.0 IP) in five May starts...Led the majors in ERA during the month...Gave up eight runs in 3.0 IP on 6/1 at Milwaukee, the shortest start of his career … snapped a streak of 14 consecutive starts allowing three earned runs or less...Worked 7.0-plus IP in each of his first four starts with Oakland, the longest such streak by an Athletics pitcher since 1943...Won his A's debut on 7/6 vs. Toronto … recorded his fourth career complete game on 7/11 at Seattle (3-2 loss)...Lasted 6.0-plus IP for the eighth consecutive start on 8/14 at Kansas City, the second-longest streak by a pitcher to start his A's career since at least 1914...Struck out 10 over 8.0 IP in a win on 8/25 at Houston...Fanned nine without issuing a walk in consecutive losses on 8/30 at the Angels (complete-game, four-hitter) and 9/5 vs. Houston...Recorded a 2.25 ERA (9 ER/36.0 IP) with 37 strikeouts in September...Threw a career-high 16.0 consecutive scoreless IP from 9/5-17...Did not allow an earned run over 23.0 IP from 9/5-22...Made consecutive scoreless starts in no decisions on 9/10 at the White Sox (7.0 IP) and 9/17 vs. Texas (8.0 IP, 10 SO)...Became the first Athletics pitcher since at least 1914 to receive a ND in consecutive scoreless starts of 6.0-plus IP.


Jeff set career marks with 33 starts, 213.2 innings pitched and 214 strikeouts in his second full season in the starting rotation for Chicago ... is the first Cubs pitcher to reach both 200 strikeouts and 200 innings since Ryan Dempster in 2010 (208 strikeouts, 215.1 innings) ... went 8-13 with two complete games, one shutout and a 4.34 ERA (103 ER/213.2 IP) in his 33 outings... His 19 quality starts ranked second on the club (Travis Wood, 24)... Spun two complete games, including his first career shutout, a two-hit effort, May 27 at the White Sox ... also went the distance, August 19 vs. Washington... Named N.L. Co-Player of the Week with Miami's Jose Fernandez for the period ending August 26 … was 2-0 with a complete game and a 1.59 ERA (3 ER/17.0 IP) in two starts ... walked two and struck out 12... Cubs were shut out in six of his 33 starts ... he allowed three or fewer runs in five of those six starts and two or fewer runs in three of those outings... Left four starts with a lead that the team would relinquish... Averaged 9.01 strikeouts per 9.0 innings pitched (214 SO/213.2 IP) ... walked 78 batters... Posted a 3.40 ERA (44 ER/116.1 IP) and went 6-4 in 17 night games... was 2-9 with a 5.46 ERA (59 ER/97.1 IP) in 16 day starts... Batted .113 (7-for-62) with two doubles, one home run and two RBI... Hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the second inning, May 15 vs. Colorado (Jon Garland)... Struck out a career-high 13 batters, April 7 in Atlanta … were the most strikeouts by a Cubs hurler since Mark Prior struck out 16, September 30, 2004 vs. the Reds... Punched out 11, June 1 vs. the Diamondbacks ... has five career 10-strikeout games... His 47 strikeouts in April were second-most in franchise history, trailing only Matt Garza's 51 strikeouts in April of 2011... Tossed 8.0 scoreless innings of two-hit ball in a 3-1 Opening Day win in Pittsburgh, April 1 … became just the second Cubs starting pitcher in the last 100 Opening Days to pitch at least eight innings while allowing two or fewer hits, joining Lon Warneke on April 17, 1934 (9.0 IP, CG, one-hitter in Cincinnati)... Suffered a career-worst, five-game losing skid, April 7-May 10 … was 0-5 with a 4.43 ERA (20 ER/40.2 IP) in seven starts during the span (two no-decisions)... Allowed a career-high tying nine runs and a career-high four home runs in 4.2 innings, July 10 vs. the Angels... Went at least 6.0 innings in eight of his final nine starts dating to August 13 ... recorded five quality starts in that stretch.

2012 In his first full season in the starting rotation for Chicago, Jeff went 9-13 with a 3.81 ERA (74 ER/174.2 IP) in a team-leading 28 starts ... made his final start, September 8, and was shut down after reaching 174.2 innings pitched, five more than he worked in his first four major league seasons, combined ... also led the team with 180 strikeouts...Tied for the team lead with nine victories (with Paul Maholm). ...Averaged 9.3 strikeouts per 9.0 innings pitched. ...Chicago went 14-14 in his 28 starts. ...Led the team with 17 quality starts. ...Was 4-4 with a 3.22 ERA (28 ER/78.1 IP) in 12 home starts ... was 5-9 with a 4.30 ERA (46 ER/96.1 IP) in 16 road outings. ...Posted a 2.49 ERA (20 ER/72.1 IP) and a .197 opponent batting average in 11 starts against the N.L. Central ... went 5-3 in those games. ...His 2.58 ERA (21 ER/73.1 IP) in 11 starts following the All-Star break was over two runs lower than his 4.71 ERA (53 ER/101.1 IP) in 17 starts in the first half. ...Recorded a 2.58 ERA (25 ER/87.1 IP) in his final 13 starts from July 2-September 8 ... that followed a stretch in which he had a 12.27 ERA (25 ER/18.1 IP) in four starts, June 9-27. ...Walked two or fewer in 21 of his 28 starts, including four no-walk outings. ...Received two or fewer runs of support while he was in the game in 10 of his final 12 starts. ...Recorded a 1.91 ERA (7 ER/33.0 IP) in five July starts. ...Threw at least 100 pitches in 13 of his 28 starts. ...Earned the victory, April 13 in St. Louis, to stretch his career-best winning streak to five games dating to August 4, 2011. ...Tossed his first career complete game in his final start of the season, a 4-3 victory in Pittsburgh, September 8 ... walked one and struck out nine while throwing a career-high 120 pitches. ...Batted eighth in the lineup. ...Batted .100 (5-for-50) with three RBI and seven sac bunts at the dish ... appeared as a pinch-hitter, May 6 vs. the Dodgers, and was hit by a pitch. 2011 Jeff made a career-high 75 relief appearances for the Cubs, posting a 2.97 ERA (29 ER/88.0 IP) with an 8-4 record, 13 holds and 87 strikeouts...the eight wins are the most by a Cubs reliever since Lee Smith had nine wins in 1986...Held the opponent scoreless in 57 of 75 outings, including his last nine appearances (10.0 IP), September 6-27...Retired the first batter faced 55 times in his 75 outings...Tossed 2.0 or more frames 15 times, recording a 1.74 ERA (6 ER/31.0 IP) in those outings...Fanned a season-high three batters nine times...Limited foes to a .200 batting average (64-for-320)...Owned a 2.79 ERA (13 ER/42.0 IP) in 37 appearances at Wrigley Field compared to a 3.13 mark (16 ER/46.0 IP) on the road (38 outings)...Was 3-0 with a 2.23 ERA (9 ER/36.1 IP) in 36 games following the All- Star break...was 5-4 with a 3.48 ERA (20 ER/51.2 IP) in 39 contests in the first half...Logged a 1.77 ERA (9 ER/45.2 IP) and a .196 average against (32-for- 163) in his final 43 outings dating to June 28...Posted a 1-0 record with a 0.46 ERA (1 ER/19.2 IP) in 18 games vs. the N.L. East...Issued a career-high four walks (as a reliever), April 9, in the Cubs 6-0 setback in Milwaukee...Enjoyed a 15.0-inning scoreless streak (11 appearances) from the fifth frame April 12-May 11's sixth inning before allowing three runs in the seventh vs. St. Louis...the streak was 0.1 innings shy of his career high set August 1-September 1, 2008...Surrendered a season-high five runs (three earned) in May 20's eighth inning in Boston...Didn't allow an earned run in 12 outings, spanning 12.1 innings, June 28-July 23...Posted an 8.1-scoreless innings streak, August 13-25 (eight appearances)...Was 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA (2 ER/16.0 IP) in 16 August outings...Was unscored upon in his last nine appearances (10.0 IP), September 6-27. 2010 Jeff broke camp with Chicago for the first time in his career, however, he spent a majority of the season with Triple-A Iowa ... all told, he went 2-2 with an 8.38 ERA (18 ER/19.1 IP) in seven games (three starts) with the Cubs. ... Had a 6.00 ERA (8 ER/12.0 IP) with a 2-0 record in four road games (two starts) ... was 0-2 with a 12.27 ERA (10 ER/7.1 IP) in three home games (one start). ... Started the campaign in the Cubs bullpen, going 0-1 with an 18.90 ERA (7 ER/3.1 IP) in four relief appearances. ... Tossed a season-high 2.0 innings of relief, April 15 vs. Milwaukee, allowing two runs on two hits, while walking two and fanning one. ... Optioned to Iowa, April 24, when Ted Lilly returned from the D.L. ... Recalled to Chicago, September 7, and made three starts for the club, going 2-1 with a 6.19 ERA (11 ER/16.0 IP). ... Picked up his first win of the season, September 13 in St. Louis, tossing 5.2-scoreless innings of six-hit ball, while walking four and fanning one. ... Won back-to-back starts for the first time in his career by picking up his second win of the year, September 19 in Florida. ... With Iowa, went 11-3 with a 4.37 ERA (54 ER/111.1 IP) in 35 games (15 starts) ... struck out 102 and walked 67 while compiling a .786 winning percentage. ... Won five-straight decisions, April 27-June 15, to begin his time at Iowa. ... Held the opponent to two earned runs or less in 20-straight appearances (three starts) to begin his Triple-A season, going 5-0 with a with a 1.88 ERA (8 ER/38.1 IP) with 22 walks and 33 strikeouts (from April 25-June 23). ... Allowed four or fewer hits in three-straight starts, July 16-26, going 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA (2 ER/16.0 IP), while walking 12 and fanning 16. 2009 Jeff split the 2009 campaign between the Cubs and Triple-A Iowa ... he went 1-3 with a 7.53 ERA (29 ER/34.2 IP) in 20 games (two starts) for Chicago. ... Had three stints with the big club: April 23-May 6, June 30-August 13 and September 8 through the end of the season. ... Was 1-1 with a 9.19 ERA (16 ER/15.2 IP) in 11 home games (one start) compared to a 0-2 record with a 6.16 ERA (13 ER/19.0 IP) in nine road games (one start). ... Went 0-2 with a 10.80 ERA (10 ER/8.1 IP) in two starts compared to a 1-1 mark with a 6.49 ERA (19 ER/26.1 IP) as a reliever (18 games). ... Tossed 2.0 or more innings of relief five times, while hurling 3.0-plus frames for the Cubs three times. ... Opened the season with Triple-A Iowa, posting no record and a 3.75 ERA (5 ER/12.0 IP) in three appearances (two starts) prior to his April 23 recall. ... In his first stint with the big club, April 23-May 6, he recorded no record and an 8.10 ERA (3 ER/3.1 IP) in five relief outings. ... He was recalled June 30-August 13 ... went 1-2 with a 7.77 ERA (21 ER/24.1 IP) in 12 games (one start). ... Earned his lone win of the season July 27 vs. Houston after tossing 2.0 scoreless innings of relief, yielding a pair of knocks and walking one in Chicago's 5-1, 13-inning victory. ... Made his first career major league start August 12 vs. the Phillies ... was charged with seven runs on eight hits, while walking none and fanning four in 3.1 innings of work in the Cubs' 12-5 setback. ... Recalled from Iowa prior to September 8's game after making the start September 7 in Iowa's final contest of the season - went 4.2 innings (5 ER) vs. Albuquerque. ... Hit first big league homer September 23 in Milwaukee (Chris Narveson). ... With the I-Cubs, was 6-6 with a 4.35 ERA (43 ER/89.0 IP) in 18 games, 17 starts ... struck out 71 compared to 27 walks. 2008 Jeff made 26 relief appearances for Chicago, going 1-0 with one save and a 2.28 ERA (7 ER/27.2 IP) in his first major league action after beginning the year at the Double-A level. © Posted a 0.95 ERA (2 ER/19.0 IP) in 15 outings at Wrigley Field ... had a 5.19 ERA (5 ER/8.2 IP) in 11 road games. © Did not allow a run in 13 August contests, spanning 14.1 innings of work. © Limited the opponent to a .226 batting average (24-for-106), including a .167 mark (8-for-48) against left-handed hitters. © Promoted from Iowa July 25 and made his big league debut that day vs. Florida ... allowed one run in 2.0 innings of work. © Converted his first major league save after tossing 2.0 perfect innings of relief, fanning three, in July 27's 9-6 win over Florida. © During his season-high 15.1 scoreless innings streak, August 1- September 1, surrendered 10 hits, walked six and fanned 14. © Earned his first major league win after hurling 1.1 shutout innings August 29 vs. Philadelphia, yielding two hits and two walks. © Recorded a 5.40 ERA (5 ER/8.1 IP) with no record in 10 September relief outings. © Prior to recall was 7-6 with 4.29 ERA (54 ER/113.1 IP) in 22 games (21 starts) between Triple-A Iowa and Double-A Tennessee. © Was 4-1 with a 3.13 ERA (13 ER/37.1 IP) in six starts with Iowa ... had a 2.37 ERA (5 ER/19.0 IP) in his last three starts, striking out 25 and walking five. © Prior to June 24 promotion to Triple-A, owned a 3-5 mark with a 4.86 ERA (41 ER/76.0 IP) in 16 games (15 starts) with Double-A Tennessee. 2007 Jeff appeared in 30 games (26 starts) between Single-A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee in his second professional season, combining to post a 4.57 ERA (72 ER/141.2 IP), including a 3.41 ERA in six starts with Tennessee... Allowed two or fewer earned runs to score in 12 of his 20 starts at Single-A Daytona ... struck out at least one batter in all but one of his starts. ... Tossed a 6.0-inning complete game August 1 at Palm Beach ... allowed just two runs to score on three hits, but was tagged with the loss in the contest. ... Promoted to Double-A Tennessee August 2. ... Tossed six solid games for Tennessee after his promotion, going 3-3 with a 3.41 ERA (13 ER/34.1 IP) with nine walks and 20 strikeouts. ... Won his first three starts with the Double-A club, posting a 3.12 ERA (6 ER/17.1 IP) with five walks and 12 strikeouts in that span. ... Worked a season-high 7.0 innings August 29 against Chattanooga ... tagged with the loss in the contest, despite allowing just three runs to score (two earned) on five hits. 2006 Jeff went 1-2 with a 2.70 ERA (9 ER/30.0 IP) in a combined seven starts at the Single-A level with Boise and Peoria... Started the year in Boise, making five starts and recording a 1-1 record with a 2.37 ERA (5 ER/19.0 IP) while striking out 13 and walking just six. ... Finished the season in Peoria where he went 0-1 with a 3.27 ERA (4 ER/11.0 IP) in two starts. ... Returned to the University of Notre Dame in August to fulfill his prior commitment to the football team. ... Named the fourth-best prospect in the Cubs minor league organization heading into the 2007 season by Baseball America.