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Giants sign Jeff Samardzija to 5-year, $90 million deal

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The right-hander heads back to the Bay on a 5-year deal.

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The Giants have come to terms on a 5-year, $90 million contract with free-agent starter Jeff Samardzija, a source has confirmed to MLB Daily Dish. The deal is pending a physical and includes a limited no-trade clause.

The signing was first reported by Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area.

San Francisco was known to be looking at alternative options on the starting pitching market after losing out on Zack Greinke, who agreed to a 6-year, $206.5 million deal with the Diamondbacks late Friday night. The Giants were also linked to Mike Leake and Johnny Cueto before coming to terms with Samardzija, who was thought to also be in talks with the Cubs, Dodgers and Cardinals in the wake of Greinke's decision.

Samardzija, 30, joins his fourth organization in less than two years after stints with the Cubs, Athletics and White Sox over the past two seasons. He joins Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain, Chris Heston and Jake Peavy in a solid rotation mix for San Francisco, filling the hole left open by Leake's departure in free agency.

Samardzija had a down year in 2015, posting an 11-13 record and 4.96 ERA in 32 starts with Oakland. The former Notre Dame wide receiver is the owner of a lifetime 47-61 record and 4.09 ERA in 254 appearances (131 starts) since breaking into the majors with the Cubs in 2008.