Update 8:38pm CDT – Susan Slusser has confirmed the Cubs and A’s are discussing a deal that would send Jeff Samardzija and/or Jason Hammel to Oakland. Addison Russell is in play in the discussions.
Jim Bowden reported Friday morning that Billy Beane was looking to add at least one starting pitcher and a second baseman. Billy Beane was willing to include any player in his system not named Addison Russell. The A’s have been rumored to have interest in Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija for quite some time.
Addison Russell is considered one of the top prospects in all of baseball. Baseball Prospectus ranked Russell as the seventh best prospect in the game prior to the season and Baseball America had Russell as No. 14 on its list.
Russell is hitting .333/.439/.500 in 13 games for Double-A Midland after missing time with awith a severe hamstring injury early in the season. Russell has three doubles, a triple and a home run in 57 plate appearances.