5 MLB Trades That Need to Happen Before Deadline

With the MLB trade deadline nearing, there promises to be a nice amount of wheeling and dealing in the coming weeks. The likes of Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel, Brandon McCarthy and Huston Strett are already off the market. This tells us a story of contending teams valuing pitching over hitting at this point in the process.  Continuing with that theme, we are going to check in on...
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Following demotion, Milone wants A's to trade him

The odd man out in the Oakland Athletics’ rotation wants to be gone for good. Left-hander Tommy Milone has asked the club to trade him, major-league sources tell FOX Sports. The A’s sent Milone to Triple A on July 5 after acquiring right-handers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs. It is not unusual for players to request trades after getting demoted. Milone...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Report: Tommy Milone Requests Trade from the A’s

When the Oakland Athletics acquired Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs in early July, one of the trickle-down effects was the demotion of left-handed starter Tommy Milone.  It was somewhat of a surprising move considering that Milone was 6-3 with a 3.55 ERA on the season and had boasted a 6-0 record with a 2.46 ERA in 11 starts prior to his demotion from Triple...
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Kyle Hendricks: MLB Prospects, Rookies & Call-Ups Evaluation

Chicago Cubs Pitching Prospect Kyle Hendricks After trading away both Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics, the Chicago Cubs are short on major league starting pitching for the rest of 2014. With all the hype around the Cubs stacked infield prospects, including Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Arismendy Alcantara and Adison Russel, their […]
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Adam Jones first since 2005 with five RBI, two steals in a game

It’s a very rare combination and one that was very profitable for those fortunate enough to own him in fantasy leagues; Adam Jones knocked in five runs and stole two bases Saturday in Baltimore’s 8-4 win over Oakland. Jones had a three-run homer off Jason Hammel in the first inning and then a two-run single in the fourth. Both times, he drove in Nick Markakis and Steve Pearce...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cubs Column: All-Star Break Edition

Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images/http://dealbook.nytimes.com/ Written by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music) Edited by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740) Follow us on Twitter! @OS_Report Like Us on Facebook!   I could easily write this most recent edition of The Cubs Column by using three simple words to tell you what you already know: the Cubs suck. I could even get a little ambitious...
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What is Tommy Milone’s future with the Oakland A’s?

Tommy Milone When the Oakland A’s acquire Chicago Cubs pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, left-handed pitcher Tommy Milone was bumped from the starting rotation and sent straight down to Triple-A despite going 6-0 with a 2.62 ERA in his prior 11 starts. Many – including Milone – were shocked by this move since he had been so successful throughout June. So, as Milone...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Are the Cubs planning to trade Starlin Castro?

getty images With the recent trade of pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel it has been assumed by some that short stop Starlin Castro could be the next to go. That may not be the case reports David Lennon of New York Newsday. Castro, 24, could be replaced by 20-year-old Addison Rusell who was acquired from Oakland for Samardzija and Hammel. Lennon believes that the Cubs could...
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Dawn of the Planet of the A’s

The Oakland A's have been the team to beat in the first half of 2014. They own the best record the majors, their offense, which is comprised of a ragtag bunch of misfits from the other side of the tracks, ranks second among all teams in RBIs and total bases. They lead the league in ERA and WHIP, and they just upgraded their rotation with the acquisition of Jeff Samardzija and...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics Injury Update: Jason Hammel says he's fine after severe thumb cramp

The Oakland A's lost to the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday by the score of 5-2. Even with the loss, the A's are 57-34, three and a half games ahead of the Los Angeles Angels in the American League West. Jason Hammel made his first start for the A's since coming over from the Chicago Cubs. He allowed two earned runs, six hits and three strikeouts over five innings...
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New York Mets: Buyers or Sellers?

With the Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics completing a blockbuster trade this past Friday, the Major League Baseball trading season is underway.  So far, some key moves have been Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel being sent from the Cubs to the A’s, and Brandon McCarthy being traded to the New York Yankees for Vidal Nuno.  Now it is the Mets turn to make a trade…right?  Last...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Trade needs for every MLB contender

The July 31 MLB trade deadline is three weeks away, but trading season already got off to an explosive start with the A’s getting Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Cubs. The Yankees soon followed by acquiring Brandon McCarthy from the D-Backs. It’s possible that Oakland wiped out the trade market for starting pitching with its deal, but there could still be some big names...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Examining the state of the Chicago Cubs

The holiday weekend brought about a bit of role reversal for the Chicago Cubs and the Oakland Athletics. The Cubs, formerly known as a team that would go out and acquire notable talent in order for a playoff run, unloaded some notable talent in order to stockpile some youth on the A’s, the team known for acquiring the youngsters and change-of-scenery types. The Cubs sent Jeff...
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Cubs Need To Consider Trading Travis Wood

The sentiment in this is going to be wildly unpopular for two reasons: 1. Because of the trade that just happened, sending Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland; and 2. Because Travis Wood is a fan favorite…but the Cubs need to seriously consider trading Travis Wood before the deadline this year. Now that most of you are good and mad, let me explain why.  The first is that...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

What The A’s-Cubs Trade Means for The Yankees

Brian Cashman Yankees – Photo Credit – Keith Allison The trade season has officially begun! Two big trade targets in Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel have been dealt to the Oakland Athletics for four prospects; including top A’s prospect Addison Russell. Samardija and Hammel were projected to haul a good return for the Chicago Cubs, and that they have, but now other teams looking...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Roundup: A’s-Cubs Made a Trade

Friday night the A’s acquired Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel for Addison Russell, Billy McKinney, Dan Straily and a player to be named later. There has been a lot of hyperbole in the A’s community (fans and the local media) about how the A’s are World Series favorites and how the addition of these two pitchers have made this the best rotation in baseball. What this trade...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics fueled by baseball’s best starting rotation

Already armed with one of the American League’s best starting rotations, the Oakland Athletics dramatically improved their chances for a deep run in the playoffs on Saturday when they shipped a trio of promising young prospects to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for starting pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. In a single transaction, Oakland took arguably the top two starting...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s fan has a helluva time trying to spell Jeff Samardzija’s name, gives up (video)

The Oakland Athletics bolstered the team’s starting rotation tremendously over the weekend by acquiring right-hander Jeff Samardzija from the Chicago Cubs in a move announced on Saturday. Along with Samardzija, the A’s received Jason Hammel in exchange for 2012 first-round pick Addison Russell, 2013 first-round pick Billy McKinney, pitcher Dan Straily and a player to […] The...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Waiver Wire: Week 14

Trade season kicked off this week, so pour one out for all those unfortunate single-leaguers who lost Jeff Samardzija or Addison Russell. Jason Hammel owners get no sympathy from me, since they have been playing with house money. For mixed leaguers, the change in venues  from this week’s trades didn’t really affect fantasy values much. Samardzija and Hammel move to the more...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians Rumors: Cleveland could have acquired Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel

We all know about the blockbuster trade that sent Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs to the Oakland Athletics. Before the deal went down, the Cubs were talking to another team in the American League about a potential blockbuster.The Cleveland Indians talked to the Cubs about acquiring both Hammel and Samardzija, according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Farm System Is Now Officially Stacked

Posted to Chicago CubsTheo Epstein recently made a trade with the Oakland A’s that has bolstered a stacked farm system for the Chicago Cubs. Trade: Cubs sent Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland. Oakland sent 2012 first-round pick Addison Russell, 2013 first-round pick Billy McKinney, pitcher Dan Straily and a player to be named later. Russell, 20, is ranked third among...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

I’m rooting for Jeff Samardzija and the Oakland A’s, and so should you

Jeff Samardzija was traded along with Jason Hammel to the Oakland A’s late Friday night.  I believe it was a good trade for both teams, a break-even at worst, and will hopefully give the A’s the boost they need to make it to the World Series under Billy Beane‘s watch. I grew up in the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area and as such spent a copious amount of time following the Giants...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeff Samardzija ‘ecstatic’ to be in Oakland

Oakland Athletics new right-hander Jeff Samardzija said general manager Billy Beane asked him Friday if he would be able to start in Oakland on Sunday. “Billy asked me how I felt,” said Samardzija, via MLB.com. “I was supposed to pitch today, so I’m a day past my due date to pitch. I’m chomping at the bit. I don’t think there’s any better way to get acclimated than...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

After failed bid for David Price, A's strike with win-now deal for Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel

The Oakland A's were going to make a trade this week. They play in a stadium that turns into a toilet when it rains and generate less revenue than a team in Cleveland and still will head into the All-Star break as the very best team in baseball, and that is not something they take for granted. No matter how well they're built, in the era of $200 million payrolls, another...
Via Pro Sports Daily
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Verlander: A's made Cubs deal with Tigers in mind

The Oakland Athletics left town on Wednesday having been swept out of Comerica Park. The Tigers were busy with the Rays when the A's made their move for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, acquiring the pitchers in a deal with the Cubs. When Justin Verlander heard about the trade later Friday night, he felt the target on their backs. It wasn't so much about this week, but...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss
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