SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Giants landed a top-tier starter to complement ace Madison Bumgarner, agreeing with free agent Jeff Samardzija on a $90 million, five-year contract Saturday a day after losing out on Zack Greinke.
The club said the deal will be formally announced once Samardzija passes a physical scheduled for Tuesday.
"You look at his track record, you look at the presence that he brings to the mound, you look at the back-to-back-to-back 200-plus innings seasons, you realize that this guy is a force to be reckoned with," Giants General Manager Bobby Evans said on a conference call. "There's a reason why we targeted him. There's a reason why we focused on him as one of our top priorities."
This was the third large contract for a pitcher this week. David Price joined the Boston Red Sox on a $217 million, seven-year deal, then on Friday night Greinke chose the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Giants and three-time defending NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers, his former team. Sources told the Associated Press he agreed to a $206.5 million, six-year deal.
When asked whether seeing Greinke join the D-Backs over the rival Dodgers was better for his team, Evans quipped: "Victory would have been the American League or Japan."
This past year with the Chicago White Sox, Samardzija was 11-13 with a 4.96 ERA in 32 starts. The 30-year-old righthander spent the second half of the 2014 season pitching for the Oakland Athletics following his trade from the Chicago Cubs.
His 214 innings in 2015 were the second-highest total of his career.
"This guy's a horse, even in tough times in what they were doing in Chicago, he still put 200-plus innings on the board," Evans said.