May 21, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija throws a pitch against the New York Yankees during the game at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Cubs trade Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel to Oakland A's: Fans react on Twitter


The Oakland A’s and Chicago Cubs made a blockbuster trade on Friday night when most of the country was out celebrating the Fourth of July at their local fireworks shows.

The cubs traded right-handed starting pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to to acquire the A’s top prospect, Addison Russell, who ranks among the top 10 prospects in baseball, according to Baseball Prospectus and Billy McKinney and Dan Straily.

You can make the argument that the two starters are the top trade chips this season, depending on what happens with former Cy Young award winner David Price, and they both ended up in Oakland where the A’s own the best record in baseball with a 53-33 mark.

The Cubs got the A’s top two prospects and last two first round picks in Russell and McKinney and the A’s get two quality starters to complement Sonny Gray and the rest of the A’s rotation.

On paper, this looks like a win-win for both teams involved.


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  • james

    The Cubs sent there 2 best pitchers 2 prospects. They had both be stars or Epstein is going to be booted out of Chicago very quickly.