BOSTON — With his next start looming on Tuesday, the pursuit of Jeff Samardzija remains in full force.
Baseball sources said Monday that the Toronto Blue Jays continue to make the biggest push for Samardzija, who has a 2.55 ERA over his last eight starts and pitched at least seven innings in each of the last nine. The San Francisco Giants have also checked in on Samardzija, though they reportedly have cast a wide net in the search for a No. 2 starter behind Madison Bumgarner.
None of this continued interest makes life any easier for White Sox general manager Rick Hahn, who must determine what direction to take over the next five days.
Samardzija “loves” how the White Sox have played and understands how parity in the American League could play a role in slowing down a decision.
“Sometimes the record doesn’t totally show the situation of the team, so I’m sure they assess that amongst themselves and go from there,” Samardzija said. “All we can do is show up and play every day. We love how we’ve been playing. ... We need to come in and handle our business, and when the deadline comes down the road, you see where you’re at.”
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