Report: Chicago White Sox close to acquiring Oakland A's starter Jeff Samardzija via trade

The Chicago White Sox appear poised to make one of the biggest splashes in the trade market so far during this offseason, as they're reportedly on the verge of acquiring Oakland A's starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija.

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, "the A's are close to a deal involving Jeff Samardzija. It appears likely he'd be headed to the White Sox. There was speculation the Red Sox were involved in talks, as well, but the South Side team, which also happens to be Samardzija's hometown team, has been the most interested and appears like the likely winner."

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reported that the White Sox would likely ship a package back to the A's headlined by young shortstop Marcus Semien, who hit .234/.300/.372 in 255 plate appearances last season.

Chicago has been reticent to include top prospects like shortstop Tim Anderson or pitcher Francellis Montas since Samardzija has just one year of club control remaining on his contract.

Stay tuned.

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