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Jeff Samardzija is acquired by White Sox from Athletics

Jeff Samardzija is acquired by White Sox from Athletics
The Oakland Athletics traded pitcher Jeff Samardzija to the Chicago White Sox as part of a package including right-hander Chris Bassett in exchange for right-hander Chris Bassitt, catcher Josh Phegley, and infielders Rangel Ravelo and Marcus Semien. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)

The Oakland Athletics traded an All-Star for the third time in less than two weeks, sending right-hander Jeff Samardzija to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.

Right-hander Michael Ynoa also was dealt to Chicago. Oakland obtained right-hander Chris Bassitt, catcher Josh Phegley, and infielders Rangel Ravelo and Marcus Semien.

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Samardzija was 31-42 with a 3.97 earned-run average for the Chicago Cubs from 2008 until July 5, when he was traded to the A's. He was 5-6 with a 3.14 ERA for Oakland.

Samardzija, who turns 30 on Jan. 23, is eligible for salary arbitration. He can become a free agent after the 2015 season.

"We're going to make every effort to make this a long-term relationship," General Manager Rick Hahn said. "We felt that this was a premium starter who fit, not just in terms of how he fit in our rotation, but how he fit in our clubhouse."

Diamondbacks trade Miguel Montero to Cubs

All-Star catcher Miguel Montero was traded to the Chicago Cubs in a deal that relieves the Arizona Diamondbacks of having to pay $40 million over the next three years.

Arizona received minor league right-handers Jeferson Mejia and Zack Godley in the trade.

Montero, 31, an All-Star in 2011 and 2014, hit .282 this year with 18 home runs and 86 runs batted in.

Mejia, 20, was 2-4 with a 2.48 ERA in two starts and 10 relief appearances this year for rookie-level Mesa. Godley, 24, was 4-3 with a 3.09 ERA and 15 saves in 40 games for Kane County and Daytona, both Class-A teams.

Francisco Liriano is staying with the Pirates

A person familiar with the negotiations said that Francisco Liriano, 31, is staying with the Pittsburgh Pirates, agreeing to a $39-million, three-year contract.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced.

The left-hander was 16-8 with a 3.02 ERA in 2013 for the Pirates. He was 7-10 with a 3.38 ERA in 2014.

Alberto Callaspo, Braves agree to a deal

A person familiar with the negotiations said that the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a one-year contract with free-agent infielder Alberto Callaspo, who batted .223 for the A's in 2014.

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The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement was subject to a physical.

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