CHICAGO — When he was finally pinned down for an interview, Jeff Samardzija said all the right things Saturday when it came to staying with the Chicago White Sox Jerseys and not being dealt at the non-waiver trade deadline.
If Samardzija harbored a selfish thought that he would have liked to have been traded to a team with much better odds of winning the World Series, he wasn’t about to reveal it.
“No, I think we’ve always thought of ourselves as contenders,” Samardzija said when asked if there was any part of him that wanted to go to a first-place team. “I think we just need to go out and do what we’re capable of doing and that’ll take care of most of it. I love this team and think we have a great group of guys and we just need to keep playing like we’ve been playing.”
Speculation swirled all the way to the trade deadline that the White Sox could trade Samardzija for a minor cheap mlb jerseys league prospect or two. But both sources and reports suggested that while the White Sox listened to offers on Samardzija, they never seemed close to dealing him.
So instead of going to a contender, like he did last season when he was traded from the Chicago Cubs Jerseys to the Oakland Athletics, Samardzija will fight it out with his White Sox teammates. And if trying to revive a middling White Sox team isn’t enough of an inspiration, he is also pitching for a new contract since he will be a free agent once the season ends.
“Yeah, you know, we need to keep playing the way we’ve been playing,” Samardzija said. “Keep pitching the ball well and keep hitting. Obviously those early runs are great and gets the pitchers calmed down and really get into a groove. We’ve been playing great baseball, we’ve been playing great defense, too, which … I don’t think is getting talked about.”
Defensive support was hard to come by for Samardzija in the early going. But Adam Eaton Jerseys in center field and Alexei Ramirez Jerseys at shortstop have been much improved in recent months, and the infield defense has received a boost from second baseman Carlos Sanchez and third baseman Tyler Saladino, not to mention the utility play from Gordon Beckham Jerseys.
So while the chance to appear in the postseason has its appeal, there is some comfort for Samardzija in playing for the team located closest to his Valparaiso, Indiana, hometown and not having to relocate midseason.
“Yeah, it’s nice to not have to get all that help wholesale jerseys from my wife moving, picking up and moving a house here and there,” said Samardzija, who lived out of Bay Area hotels when he was traded to the A’s last year. “All the things that go with it, it’s tough. It’s definitely a big adjustment when you get traded. It’s nice to be able to take a deep breath and really get back to concentrating on that five-day routine and getting ready to pitch again.”
At some point Samardzija will think about the future and his impending free-agent status. All indications are that the right-hander is intent on exploring his value on the free-agent market so the odds of signing an extension with the White Sox appear slim. They will have their chance, though, just like any other team when free agency begins.
Instead, Samardzija can now work on extending his recent run where he has pitched at least seven innings in each of his last 10 starts. He is also 4-2 at home this season with a 2.86 ERA in nine outings.
When will he think about free agency?
“Professional athletes, it don’t stop; they say there’s an offseason, but there’s really not anymore,” he said. “You gotta continue working out and staying on cheap jerseys top of things. When the season’s over, you’ll address those things.
“Right now, you don’t want to take anything for granted. What we do is not guaranteed tomorrow so you need to come out and work on what you need to work on, control what you can control and then worry about next year next year.”