Jeff Samardzija has been lights out for the Chicago Cubs this year even though record won’t show that, he’s 2-7 with a 2.58 ERA, Jason Hammel has been too, at 8-5 with a 2.98 ERA. With both pitchers having a sub 3.00 ERA, they have really been the two parts of the Cubs that have maintained consistent throughout the season. Talks between Chicago and Samardzija have been ongoing the last few weeks. Reports were that Samardzija had turned down an offer from the Cubs, so it’s no surprise that they dealt him. He most likely turned down the deal because the Cubs have a history of lowballing players with contract offers, wouldn’t surprise anyone if they did that here as well.
The deal between the Oakland Athletics and Chicago Cubs was Jeff Samardzija, and Jason Hammel for Addison Russell, Billy McKinney and Dan Straily. At just 20, Russell is the headliner prospect for this trade; he’s ranked third in ESPN’s Top 100 prospects list. He hasn’t appeared in very many games this season due to a nagging hamstring injury, but was hitting .333 in the few games he played.
This trade makes sense for both teams; Hammel and Samardzija are going to Oakland, where they can finally get the run support they need, and enjoy the beautiful Coliseum. (partially kidding) The Cubs need all of the prospects they can get, considering they aren’t very good at paying the talent they already have. They have a good amount of solid prospects, so this could be the trade that helps turn the organization around. The A’s pitching has been very solid this year anyway, their team ERA is 3.18 which is good enough for second place in the majors but this trade may have put them in the top three or five for World Series favorites.