Jeff Samardzija rejected his qualifying offer on Friday meaning the White Sox will receive an extra pick in the 2016 amateur draft.
The former White Sox and Cubs pitcher elected to remain a free agent instead of accepting a one-year, $15.8-million offer extended by the team last Friday. Prior to the 4 p.m. CST deadline, free agents Brett Anderson, Matt Wieters and Colby Rasmus elected to accept their team’s qualifying offers.
Samardzija, who went 11-13 with a 4.96 ERA in 32 starts for the White Sox in 2015, has already drawn significant interest on the free agent market. Once he signs with another team the White Sox will be awarded an extra pick in between the first and second rounds as compensation.
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Earlier this week, general manager Rick Hahn discussed Samardzija’s season and how he believes it won’t affect the free agent’s market.
“It didn’t work,” Hahn said. “These things happen from time to time. A guy with a relatively solid proven track record occasionally has a year that ultimately when all is said and done looks like an aberration. That could well be what happens with Jeff. Obviously it’s unfortunate that it happened on our watch and we all had high expectations, including Jeff of himself. In terms of the impact on him going forward or us going forward, I think it’s relatively non-existent.
“He’s still very strong. Again, another guy who’s going to have a robust market I’d expect.”
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White Sox catching prospect Zack Collins is being talked about in some elite company after a recent accomplishment.
Collins participated in the Southern League Home Run Derby in Double-A earlier this evening for the Birmingham Barons, and he secured his first career home run derby win.
Now, this is cool, thanks to NBC Sports Chicago’s stats guru Chris Kamka: Dating way back to 1895, Babe Ruth was born on Feb. 6, 1895. Collins was born on the same day as Ruth, but 100 years later.
It’s still way too early to make any sort of comparisons, but it’s a fun way to connect the two.
Collins so far this season is hitting .267 with 9 HR, 33 RBI’s and 59 BB in 62 games. Those walks lead the Southern League. The next highest is 39.
Collins is hitting much better than he did when he was with Single-A Winston-Salem last season. Collins hit a mere .233 in 101 games.
Think about this too. Rick Hahn mentioned several White Sox prospects will get promotions in the coming days. Could this mean Collins will get his opportunity? We’ll just have to wait and see.