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For weeks, the speculation has been that the Giants are making a serious push to sign Zack Greinke.

If he winds up inking a deal with the Dodgers, San Francisco will turn its attention to signing both Jeff Samardzija and Mike Leake, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

The Giants acquired Leake in a trade deadline deal with the Reds, and Bruce Bochy let it be known in late September that he wants Leake back with the Orange and Black.

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"He’s brought what we were hoping for,” Bochy said. “He’s young but yet he’s a veteran pitcher. He’s durable. He had the hiccup with the hamstring (strain) but that’s a freak deal. He knows what he’s doing out there. He’s got four pitches, and when he’s locked in he’s tough...

"It’s obvious we like Mike a lot. We traded for him … we think a lot of him, and that’s why we acquired him.”

Over nine starts with the Giants, Leake went 2-5 with a 4.07 ERA.

As for Samardzija, sources told CSNBayArea.com's Alex Pavlovic that the Giants hosted him in November.

Samardzija is coming off the worst season of his career -- 11-13 with a 4.96 ERA for the White Sox. He allowed an American League high 29 home runs and 118 earned runs.

 

In 2012, he went 9-13 with a 3.81 ERA for the Cubs.

In 2013, he went 8-13 with a 4.34 ERA.

He made 33 starts in 2014 -- 17 with Chicago (2-7, 2.83 ERA) and 16 with the A's (5-6, 3.14 ERA) -- and was traded to the White Sox in December.