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.
Really impressive move done by the Oakland front office. Russell has a lot of upside but Jeff Samardzija has the attributes of an ace.
— Baseball Report (@NickHamelinMLB) July 5, 2014
— Joey (@browniesaloser) July 5, 2014
JEFF SAMARDZIJA AND JASON HAMMEL TO THE A’S. How in the world is this anything close to Money Ball??? — Jacob García (@Jake_M_Garcia) July 5, 2014
Jeff Samardzija has been traded to the Athletics? Looks like they just got so much better.
— Jesse Dorey (@JesseDorey15) July 5, 2014
Can’t believe the A’s landed Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel is absurd. They got the AL West on lockdown for the next 5 years
— Jace Amaro (@MCaRiFFe95) July 5, 2014
Finally Jeff Samardzija is going to be on a good team! He deserves it more than anyone else — Kyle Hall (@KyleTH15) July 5, 2014
Worst decision ever by the cubs. Why give up Jeff Samardzija and Jason hammel. — Mathew Janz (@MathewJanz) July 5, 2014
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.