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Yankees rumors: Jeff Samardijza could be an offseason target

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The Yankees will be in the market for a starting pitcher this winter, and Jeff Samardzija could be at the top of their list.

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While the Yankees are undoubtedly focused on the playoffs, the front office can't afford to take time off, and as such are already planning for the 2015 offseason. While Jon Heyman seems to be speculating in his column, rather than reporting the news of a direct source, he notes that they could go after a White Sox pitcher.

"Jeff Samardzija could be interesting target, with ex Cubs GM Jim Hendry ensconced in the Yankees front office. Samardzija was at his best while pitching for the Cubs. At 30, he has more bullets left since he started out as a reliever following his Notre Dame receiving days. Plus Hendry always has been a fan of his.

If the Yankees truly do make a push for Samardzija, they won't have to empty their wallets to acquire him. While the Cubs offered him a contract in the "'low 80s (millions)' a few years back" Samardzija's subpar 2015 campaign has undoubtedly cost him quite a bit of money.

In 214 innings this season, he posted a K/9 of 6.86, a HR/9 of 1.22, an ERA of 4.96, and an FIP of 4.23. He was worth 2.7 fWAR, which represents a significant step back from his 2014 value of 4.1. Heyman also noted that the Tigers have been linked to Samardzija, and that he could possibly be a fallback option for the Cubs if they fail to sign any of the top starters on the market.