The Cubs announced the blockbuster trade Saturday morning that sent Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics for INF Addison Russell, OF Billy McKinney, RHP Dan Straily and a PTBNL.
With the subtractions of Samardzija and Hammel and the addition of RHP Dan Straily, the Cubs 40-man roster stands at 39 players. The Cubs active roster (25-man) currently stands at 23 players.
The Cubs have not announced which two pitchers will fill the two spots on the active 25-man roster that were vacated by the trade. Carlos Villanueva has been announced as the starter for Saturday’s game against the Nationals and several reports have indicated LHP Chris Rusin will be recalled to piggyback Villanueva for Saturday’s game.
The Cubs have assigned RHP Dan Straily to Triple-A Iowa and OF Billy McKinney has been assigned to High-A Daytona. The Cubs have not announced which affiliate Addison Russell will report to, but he was playing at the Double-A level at the time of the trade.
Update 11:57am CDT: The Cubs have announced INF Addison Russell will report to Double-A Tennessee. Russell could be in the lineup as soon as Sunday.
The Cubs are expected to call-up LHP Tsuyoshi Wada to start one of the two games in Cincinnati on Tuesday. RHP Dallas Beeler and RHP Dan Straily are on the 40-man roster, along with Wada, and would not require a 40-man roster move.
- Official Release
- Cubs Send Samardzija and Hammel to Oakland for Addison Russell, Billy McKinney, Dan Straily and PTBNL – Includes scouting information on the three players acquired in the deal