The file on Jeff Samardzija
Standout wide receiver at Notre Dame
Before he became a front-line major league pitcher, Jeff Samardzija was a stand-out wide receiver at Notre Dame, where he played for four seasons. Over his last two seasons, he caught 155 passes for 2,266 yards and 27 touchdowns. He was a consensus All-American in his junior season (2005).
Career as pitcher at Notre Dame
In 50 appearances (31 starts) over three seasons (2004-06) at Notre Dame, Samardzija compiled a 21-6 record with a 3.82 ERA. He struck out 159 batters in 240.1 innings pitched. He was a Freshman All-American in 2004 and a First-Team All-Big East in 2006.
Samardzija forgoes NFL for MLB
On June 6, 2006, while still at Notre Dame, Samardzija was selected by the Cubs in the fifth round of the MLB Draft. In January of 2007, Samardzija elected to skip the NFL draft and signed a five-year, $10 million contract with the Cubs.
Samardzija makes MLB Debut
Two years after being drafted, Samardzija made his Major League debut vs. the Marlins, pitching two innings in relief. He gave up two hits, one run, struck out two but blew the lead in the game, and picked up a blown save.
Samardzija gets first opening day start
During spring training in 2013, the Cubs named Samardzija their opening day starter. On April 1, he threw eight shutout innings against the Pirates, while striking out nine and picking up the win.
Final start with the Cubs
In his final start with the Cubs on Saturday, June 28, 2014, Samardzija suffered his seventh loss of the season after giving up five earned runs in five innings against the Nationals. A week later, on July 5, he was officially traded to the A's along with Jason Hammel for Addison Russell, Billy McKinney and Dan Straily.
Sporting the Green & Gold
Samardzija arrived at the Coliseum on Saturday evening right at the start of the A's and Blue Jays game. He is set to make his A's debut Sunday against Toronto.
Stint with the White Sox
Jeff Samardzija spent last season with the White Sox, posting a 4.96 ERA, and finishing with an 11-13 record. He became a free agent, joining a class featuring Zack Greinke, Johnny Cueto, and David Price.
Back to the Bay
Jeff Samardzija returned to the Bay Area on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, agreeing to a five-year deal with the San Francisco Giants.