Royals Trade Lefty Jake Diekman to the A's (UPDATE)

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Royals Trade Lefty Jake Diekman to the A’s (UPDATE)

Chicago Cubs

Thanks to his gaudy strikeout totals – even stacked against mediocre results otherwise – Jake Diekman has been a popular lefty reliever on the trade rumor circuit, and he’s on the way out from Kansas City.

The Cubs had obliquely been connected to Diekman (insofar as he’s a lefty and they had only one in the bullpen for a while), but with the addition of Derek Holland – a LOOGY at this point – the Cubs simply need to be in the market for a GOOD reliever, regardless of his handedness.

I’ll be curious to see the return, because we haven’t seen too many reliever trades just yet. Wonder what the market looks like.

UPDATE: For what it’s worth:

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