San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago White Sox acquired starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija from the Oakland Athletics in a multi-player trade on Tuesday.
Chicago also picked up minor league pitcher Michael Ynoa in exchange for right-handed pitcher Chris Bassitt, catcher Josh Phegley and infielders Rangel Ravelo and Marcus Semien.
Samardzija went a combined 7-13 with a 2.99 ERA in 33 starts overall with the A's and Chicago Cubs last season. Oakland acquired the hard-throwing righty on July 5. In 16 starts with Oakland, he was 5-6 with a 3.14 ERA after going 2-7 with a 2.83 ERA in 17 starts with the Cubs.
"Jeff is one of the elite right-handed starting pitchers in baseball, and we believe his addition to our roster gives us the potential for a formidable starting rotation," said White Sox general manager Rick Hahn in a statement Tuesday. "His competitiveness fits well in our clubhouse, on the mound and in our city."
The 29-year-old Samardzija made his big league debut with the Cubs in 2008 and pitched primarily in relief before becoming a full-time starter in 2012. He is 36-48 with a 3.85 ERA in 222 career appearances, including 99 starts.
Ynoa, a right-handed minor league pitcher, went 4-2 with a 5.52 ERA in 31 relief appearances with Single-A Stockton in 2014. It was his first season pitching exclusively in relief after entering the season with 36 starts and one relief appearance.
Semien was on Chicago's Opening Day roster in 2014 and batted .234 with six home runs and 28 RBI in 64 games. He also hit .267 with 15 home runs and 52 RBI in 83 games with Triple-A Charlotte.
The 24-year-old made his major league debut with Chicago in 2013 and is a .240 career hitter in 85 major league games.
Bassitt made his big league debut with Chicago in 2014, going 1-1 with a 3.94 ERA in six games, including five starts following an Aug. 30 promotion. The 25-year-old right-hander has a 22-10 record and a 2.97 ERA in 96 games, 44 starts, in four seasons in the minors.
Phegley spent most of the 2014 season at Triple-A Charlotte, batting .274 with 23 home runs and 75 RBI in 107 games. He ranked second in the International League in extra base hits (57) and third in home runs and slugging percentage (.530). The 24-year-old right-handed hitter also hit .216 with three home runs and seven RBI in 11 games with the White Sox in September and is a .207 career hitter in 76 games over two seasons with Chicago.
Ravelo hit .309 with 37 doubles, four triples, 11 home runs and 66 RBI in 133 games in his Double-A debut with Birmingham last year. He added 56 walks for a .386 on-base percentage and slugged .473. The 22-year-old right-handed hitter appeared in 108 games at first base after beginning his career as a third baseman.