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A’s & Cubs finalize blockbuster trade

A’s & Cubs finalize blockbuster trade

Oakland Athletics fans cheer before Game 1 of the American League baseball division series between the Athletics and the Detroit Tigers in Oakland, Calif., Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have finalized their blockbuster trade with the Chicago Cubs, strengthening their starting rotation with a bold move that cost the AL West leaders a couple of top prospects.

Oakland acquired right-handers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from Chicago for minor leaguers Addison Russell, Billy McKinney, Dan Straily and a player to be named. The deal was announced on Saturday.

Samardzija and Hammel join Scott Kazmir, Sonny Gray and Tommy Milone in one of the majors’ best rotations. Samardzija has a 2.83 ERA in 17 starts this year, while Hammel is 8-5 with a 2.98 ERA.

An injury sidelined Russell earlier this season, but the shortstop is batting .333 with three doubles, one homer, eight RBIs and three steals in 13 games for Double-A Midland. The 19-year-old McKinney was the A’s first-round pick last year.

 

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