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A's continue to like their end of Jeff Samardzija trade

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A's continue to like their end of Jeff Samardzija trade

While Jeff Samardzija probably has about three more weeks with the White Sox, Oakland has a long future ahead with Marcus Semien and Josh Phegley.

A’s manager Bob Melvin feels pretty good about his team’s end of last December’s six-player deal that sent Samardzija and a prospect to the White Sox for Semien, Phegley, Chris Bassitt and prospect Rangel Ravelo.

Despite a rash of early errors, Oakland likes how Semien has developed this season and believes it has found an everyday shortstop. Semien, who has a .255/.303/.386 slash line with 11 homers and 37 RBIs in 532 plate appearances, batted leadoff and started at short on Monday night. Phegley -- hitting .248/.296/.449 with nine homers in 230 plate appearances -- started and hit seventh in the opener of a four-game series.

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“(Marcus has) been the guy who's been out there on an everyday basis, where Josh has the ability to and certainly Bassitt, we feel like, has the ability to be a rotation guy with us, whether it's middle, back end, depending on who we have here,” Melvin said. “It's worked out well for us with all these guys."

Aside from a stellar July, things haven’t been as good on the White Sox end as Samardzija has struggled. Samardzija’s defense hasn’t done him any favors but it doesn’t account for all of his woes. He’s 9-12 with a 4.89 ERA and plans to test the free-agent market after this season.

His production hasn’t been what he hoped but Samardzija still expects to command a nice contract this winter. The one positive for the White Sox would be that they retain a compensatory first-round pick by offering Samardzija a qualifying offer.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

In this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, Danny Parkins (670 The Score), Chris Bleck (ESPN 1000) and Scott King (WGN Radio) join David Kaplan on the panel.

Ryan Pace’s offseason begins. Josh Sitton and Jerrell Freeman are gone, but what will he do with Kyle Fuller?

Plus, Rick Hahn joins Kap from Glendale, Ariz., to discuss the state of the White Sox rebuild, how tough it is to keep their best prospects in the minors and why Jose Abreu is so important for his young team?

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

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White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

The White Sox three outfield prospects are creating a lot of buzz at spring training.

On this edition of the podcast, Micker Adolfo tells Chuck Garfien about a conversation they all had about one day becoming the starting outfield for the White Sox. Adolfo talks about his longtime friendship with Eloy Jimenez, his impressions of Luis Robert, Luis Basabe and the White Sox future.

But first, it's a conversation with MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez who has great insight on many of the White Sox players: Jimenez, Robert, Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu. He tells an amazing story about why Jimenez decided to sign with the Cubs when he was a teenager, how much Abreu is revered in Cuba and much more.

Listen to the full episode at this link (iOS users can go here) or in the embedded player below. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts.