‘Ecstatic’ Samardzija comes home to White Sox

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In a trade that was made official Tuesday, the Chicago White Sox acquired pitcher Jeff Samardzija from the Oakland Athletics, in what the club hopes will be a strong addition to the pitching staff.

The pitcher and his GM both said they were excited for the opportunity.

"We are absolutely thrilled to add him to the rotation," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said to media. "We think he puts us in a position to be very competitive in [2015]."

In a phone interview with WGN TV Tuesday, Samardzija, who grew up a White Sox fan, said he was "ecstatic" to join the club.

He said the same of his family, who he mentioned had a "hard time" staying up to watch their son play on the West Coast as a member of the Athletics.

"To be a [White Sox] fan as kid and to come full circle, it's crazy," Samardzija said.

"I'm sitting here, soaking it all in," he said, adding he's thrilled to come back to Chicago.

His new GM said he was excited for Samardzija's opportunity, too -- both for the player and for his new team.

"[We] look forward to Jeff getting to know us and know what we're about, and understanding how he fits and how he can fit for the foreseeable future," Hahn said.

The White Sox also acquired former New York Yankees closer David Robertson via free agency, signing the pitcher to a four-year, $46 million deal.

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