The Chicago Cubs have announced their big trade, making things official:
Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel are now Oakland A’s, and the Cubs have an embarrassment of riches in the minors. Addison Russell becomes one of the top few prospects in the organization (and one of the top 5 to 10 in all of baseball – how’s that for a great two thoughts to pair together?). Billy McKinney is another great prospect to add into the mix, and Dan Straily is an interesting lottery ticket at just 25, with some big league success in his past. The Cubs also get a PTBNL or cash, which is nice, but the “or cash” part strongly suggests it’s not going to be a difference-maker.
Obviously there will be much more to say on this deal – you can see the original thoughts here – in the coming days. More on the players the Cubs got, more on the implications in the near and long-term, and more on the parting pitchers.
For now: looks like a pretty great trade for both sides. Hard to make these kinds of deals, but each side did what it had to do.
And now, for 2014, I say: go A’s.