Report: A's acquire Samardzija, Hammel from Cubs

The Sports NetworkJuly 5, 2014 

Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Oakland Athletics have reportedly bolstered their starting rotation with the acquisition of pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs.

According to Fox Sports, the A's have acquired Samardzija and Hammel in exchange for minor-league shortstop Addison Russell, minor-league outfielder Billy McKinney and pitcher Dan Straily.

Samardzija has pitched well for the Cubs this season, but has been a victim of poor run support. The right-hander owns a 2-7 record with a 2.83 ERA and 103 strikeouts over 108 innings pitched.

Chicago has been shutout five times over his 17 starts this season and it has scored two runs or less in 11 of those outings.

Hammel has also been solid, compiling an 8-5 mark with a 2.98 ERA. The 31- year-old will head back to the American League after spending the previous two seasons with the Baltimore Orioles.

While the A's have strengthened their pitching staff, the Cubs continue to stockpile young talent.

Russell, the 11th overall selection in the 2012 MLB Draft, has hit .302 with 25 home runs and 114 RBI over 183 games throughout Oakland's farm system.

McKinney, 19, was selected 24th overall in 2013 and has hit 10 homers with 33 RBI in 75 games this season for Single-A Stockton.

Straily brings some major league experience to the Cubs. The right-hander has gone 13-11 with a 4.11 ERA over 41 starts in three seasons with the A's.

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