Chicago White Sox Rumors: Avisail Garcia Trade Option, Jeff Samardzija Target For Cubs In Free Agency?

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Nov 20, 2015 03:54 PM EST
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Avisail Garcia #26 of the Chicago White Sox
Avisail Garcia #26 of the Chicago White Sox in action against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on September 25, 2015 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The White Sox defeated the Yankees 5-2."

The Chicago White Sox are reportedly shopping Avisail Garcia in trades this offseason and the team could make a deal with the outfielder closer to the winter meetings. The White Sox have Jeff Samardzija in free agency and reports have the Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees interested in signing the pitcher.

According to CSNChicago.com, Dan Hayes reports that the White Sox have "let teams know" that Garcia is available for trades and that they have "entertained offers" this offseason. Hardball Talk writes that the White Sox feel that Garcia is a solid player, but they have "other young outfield options" to use heading into next year.

Garcia is just 24-years-old and he hit .257 last season in 148 games played for Chicago with 13 home runs and 59 RBI. Hardball Talk reports that general manager Rick Hahn said that Garcia's "ceiling is still extremely high," but that the team would like to add a piece in another area for the outfielder.

Samardzija is a free agent this offseason and according to MLB.com, the Chicago Cubs have interest in signing the pitcher to a contract. Samardzija had a down year in 2015 while going 11-13 with a 4.96 ERA and 163 strikeouts in 214 innings. Samardzija has rejected the one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer from the White Sox and that means the team will get a draft pick if he signs with another team.

Check here for more on the White Sox, Garcia and Samardzija.

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