This one may be pretty obvious, but Samardzija is turning out to be a major disappointment for the San Francisco Giants.
He needed a bounce-back year in 2018, but instead, things got even worse for the 33-year-old righty.
After posting a 4.42 ERA in 32 starts last year, a lot of Giants fans were hoping to see him get back to form in 2018. At least an ERA under four and some consistency would go a long way as the Giants number three starter.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case as he made just 10 starts in 2018 and was awful in those starts posting a 6.25 ERA in 44.2 innings pitched.
The Giants are now looking at a terrible situation with Samardzija as they owe him $19.8 million each of the next two seasons. Those will be his age 34 and 35 seasons, coming off an injury-filled 2018.
There is almost no way the Giants can move that contract without package some prospects in a deal, or eating a good chunk of that money.
Our only hope is that he shows up healthy in spring training and has regained his velocity, which took a major dip in 2018 when coming back from injury.
However, 2018 was a major disappointment for Jeff Samardzija, and I don’t have much hope for his future with this team.