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11:00 p.m. EDT update: the deal is offical. Along with Russell, the Cubs will get outfield prospect Billy McKinney and right-hander Dan Straily.
It might be defensible to go for it in a year with no dominant team, but they can't top the package they traded for Samardzija by turning around and trading him again.
I love this trade for both teams. Oakland is going for it in a year when they have their best chance to win a title in a generation, probably.
But I love it for the Cubs, too. It is really hard to get blue chip prospects, and it would have been easy for the Cubs to get a larger number of "eh" prospects and lottery tickets. The Cubs don't need lots of that - they need potential difference makers...and they got one.
Jesse Chavez has to be running on fumes (he's already 35 IP above his MLB career high, almost 50 IP above last year's total)
Which second baseman is out there that they can get?
I wouldn't be shocked to see Hammell flipped for a 2B.
To think I mocked Rod Allen a couple days ago in one of the game chatters after he mentioned that the A's should go out and get Jeff Samardzija...
I just don't see that. There's not enough talent on this club.
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