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Samardzija saw his spring ERA balloon to 7.79, after serving up four long balls to the Cubs over six innings en route to a 6-3 loss. Samardzija's nine strikeouts with no walks showed the stuff was there, but he just left a few over the heart of the plate.

Fantasy Impact: Don't hit the panic button just yet on Samardzija. His 8.28 K/9 rate coupled with a 4.2 WAR in 2014, puts him up as one of the better pitchers in the game. Draft him with confidence in the earlier rounds in all leagues, as a solid SP2.

 

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Jeff Samardzija stated his goal for this season on Tuesday, telling the Chicago Tribune he hopes to make all of his 33 starts in 2015. Samardzija has taken the ball 33 times each of the last two seasons. (Source: Chicago Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: Staying healthy is a valuable attribute, and fantasy owners have appreciated Samardzija taking the ball every fifth day for the past two seasons. Only James Shields, R.A Dickey, and Chris Tillman have made more starts than Samardzija since the start of 2013. Samardzija will be a valuable top of the rotation fantasy SP this year if he can duplicate last year's ratios (2.99 ERA and 1.07 WHIP) and get solid run support from the revamped White Sox offense.

 

The Chicago White Sox and Jeff Samardzija avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $9.8 million contract. (Source: Chicago Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: In his final year of arbitration, Samardzija earned a well-deserved pay raise. Between the Cubs and Athletics in 2014, Samardzija finished with a 2.99 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 202/43 strikeout-to-walk ration in 219 2/3 innings pitched. Samardzija has always been good, but a little inconsistent. Serving as the number 2 starter behind Chris Sale, expect Samardzija to put up less stellar numbers than he did last year, now with the move to hitter-friendly U.S. Cellular Field, with an ERA in the 3.50 to 3.90 range.