Cubs Reportedly in Serious Talks with A’s on a Deal for Jeff Samardzija and/or Jason Hammel

According to a report from Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs are in serious talks with the Athletics on a big trade that could send Jeff Samardzija and/or Jason Hammel to Oakland.

The discussion between the Cubs and A’s is believed to include Addison Russell. Rosenthal pointed out that the A’s top prospect is not in Double-A Midland’s lineup.

Update 8:38pm CDTSusan 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.

PrintAddison 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.

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