The Cubs received an undisclosed amount of cash from the Athletics on Monday to complete the trade that sent Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland last July 4 a team source confirmed Tuesday morning.
The Cubs were expected to receive a player as the fourth piece in the deal in which Addison Russell, Billy McKinney and Dan Straily came to the organization last summer for Samardzija and Hammel but Oakland sent cash to the Cubs instead.
The deal with Oakland ended up being RHP Jeff Samardzija and RHP Jason Hammel for SS Addison Russell, OF Billy McKinney, RHP Dan Straily and cash.
Addison Russell batted .294/.332/.536 in 50 games with the Smokies last season that included 11 doubles, 12 home runs and a .868 OPS. Russell finished his year in the Arizona Fall League, playing a game at second base during his short stint in Arizona. Russell is expected to be in big league camp on a non-roster invite. Russell will see time at second and third base in the spring. Russell should begin the season as Iowa’s shortstop.
Billy McKinney also excelled in the Cubs system after the trade. McKinney batted .301/.390/.432 in 51 games with the Daytona Cubs. McKinney hit 12 doubles, four triples and one home run for a .822 OPS. McKinney should begin the 2015 season in Double-A Tennessee’s outfield.
Dan Straily struggled throughout the 2014 season and did not make the strides the Cubs were hoping once he was added to the system. Straily was 3-5 in 10 starts with Iowa with a 4.09 ERA and 1.44 WHIP (56 strikeouts, 20 walks). Straily made seven appearances and one start for the Cubs and was 0-1 with an 11.85 ERA, 2.12 WHIP and 4.38 FIP. In 13 2/3 innings, Straily surrendered 20 hits with nine walks and 13 strikeouts. Straily appears ticketed for Iowa at the beginning of the 2015 season.
Jason Hammel re-signed with the Cubs on a two-year, $20 million contract that includes a club option for a third year. Hammel should slot in the Cubs Opening Day rotation behind Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta and in front of Kyle Hendricks.