The Chicago White Sox have beefed up their pitching staff this week. The White Sox have signed long time New York Yankee and closer last season David Roberston to a 4 year 46 million dollar deal with the White Sox. Robertson shut the door 39 times for the Yankees last season with a 3.08 earned run average and 96 strikeouts in 64 innings of work.
david roberston has limited no trade provision w/ chisox. can pick 5 teams
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 9, 2014
The even bigger news for Chicago White Sox fans is when they woke up on Tuesday learning that there team traded for a top pitcher in the game in Jeff Samardzija to be paired with someone even better in Chris Sale. Samardzija joked about the trade:
“Being a Chicago guy, that’s one of the craziest things I’ve thought about,” Samardzija said Tuesday after Oakland dealt him to Chicago’s South Side. “I’m sitting here thinking, ‘Now, do I really have to go get my cleats on and go play for the Bears?’ If I could skate, maybe the Hawks. My jumper’s garbage, so the Bulls are out of the question.”
Samardzjia, who was traded to the Oakland Athletics from the Chicago Cubs posted a 2.99 earned run average with a 7-13 record and 202 strikeouts in 219.2 innings of work. The A’s will receive infielder Marcus Semien, right-hander Chris Bassitt, catcher Josh Phegley and first baseman Rangel Ravelo, and of course Chicago getting Samardzija.
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) December 9, 2014