Storylines: Athletics, Cubs pull off blockbuster trade
Chicago dealt ace Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland on Friday
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Here are the stories from Friday, July 4.
- The Athletics agreed to acquire pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Cubs, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported. Top prospect Addison Russell is heading to Chicago in the deal. Fellow prospect Billy McKinney and pitcher Dan Straily will also go to the Cubs, according to ESPN.com's Keith Law.
- Yankees hurler C.C. Sabathia suffered a setback in his efforts to rehab a degenerative condition in his right knee and may now require microfracture surgery, as ESPNNewYork.com's Andrew Krammer was among those to report. Manager Joe Girardi said that, at present, it is "fair to say" that Sabathia will likely not return this year.
- Michael Brantley may only have had 10 stolen bases entering Friday, but he also has not been caught stealing. Jordan Bastian of MLB.com wrote that when it comes to the outfielder's aggressiveness on the basepaths, quality over quantity is a trend the team will take every time.
- Zach McAllister allowed three runs over six innings with Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday. The right-hander has posted a 2.21 ERA, 21 strikeouts and just two walks in his three outings since coming off the disabled list on June 18.
News and Notes:
- Red Sox staff ace Jon Lester would consider an in-season extension, if the team comes forward with an offer that seems likely to lead to quick finalization of a deal, WEEI.com's Rob Bradford reported.
- The Blue Jays are "heavily scouting" Diamondbacks infielders Aaron Hill and Martin Prado, as well as Padres third baseman Chase Headley, ESPN's Jim Bowden reported.
- Angels GM Jerry Dipoto is pleased with his starting pitching and doesn't intend to pursue rotation upgrades, though the bullpen is still "not a finished product," he told MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez and Matthew DeFranks. Sources in the industry told Gonzalez/DeFranks that the Halos are looking for a situational lefty and another possible closer candidate to bolster current stopper Joe Smith and the newly-acquired Jason Grilli.
- The Mets will listen to offers for Bartolo Colon and could even start openly shopping the veteran right-hander, team sources told Mike Puma of the New York Post. There is no indication a deal would happen soon, however, as the team could wait until after the July 31st deadline since GM Sandy Alderson "has no pressure" to trade Colon.
- The Mariners and Giants are among the teams who have talked to the White Sox about acquiring outfielder Dayan Viciedo, ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes reported. The Mariners have considered sending righty Brandon Maurer and another player to Chicago in exchange for Viciedo, while the extent of the Giants' interest in the Cuban slugger isn't known.
- The Orioles put Nolan Reimold on waivers, according to MASNsports.com's Roch Kubatko. Reimold will be outrighted to Triple-A if he clears waivers.
- There isn't any reason for the Mets to fire GM Sandy Alderson or manager Terry Collins since such moves would only prolong the club's rebuilding process, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post opined.
First, wow! A bold nove for the A's giving up Russell and McKinney, Straily too - he's hardly and after thought. He should develop into a solid MOR arm for the Cubs. But this gives them another SS and more depth, okay, Javier Baez is probably a 3b / 2b / RF or something other than a SS, but his bat will play up at any of those positions. Loved his bat entering the draft, but hard to complain about Lindor. I couldn't see the Tribe doing the same for Shark and Hammel, unless, they knew they'd sign Shark long term.
Second, now that the Cubs have SS depth, they could flip Starling Castro for SP. How many teams would love have Castro and have some SP depth? Really only a few might be willing to take his contract on too, with some off field concerns to boot.
Third, looking back at this past offseason I would have liked to see the Tribe offer Kazmir two yrs $20M, I suspect they may have kept him for that, but they seemed unwilling to go to yrs bc of his history. Wasn't a huge fan of the Murphy signing or the Stubbs trade either. Resigning Kazmir would not have necessitated trading Stubbs. Rather, ACab would have been my choice for a cpl A ball players, clear the salary and possibly get some (raw) talent back. That would have cleared to salary space for Kazmir. Furthermore, the Tribe could have signed FA lefty Oliver Perez 2yrs /$5M and filled that need. Thing is, hindsight is always 20/20 and as a fan we don't have the insight that GMs etc. do so it's always easy to second guess them.
Finally, I think the magic number for the Tribe is 10 games out. That's when this club should sell, but only players like...Bourn, Swisher, Masterson, ACab, Aviles, Raburn, Murphy, Axford. Don't get me wrong, I'm not advocating a total rebuild. In fact, I don't think anyone will take on Bourn or Swisher and I don't think the Tribe wants to move them yet. As for Masterson and ACab the reasons are obvious, both are probably gone after this yr. Masterson is a huge question mark right now, and probably isn't going anywhere. As for Aviles and Raburn, both are role players that might net the Tribe a decent prospect (think: Santana / McAllister). Finally, Murphy and Axford, I'll start with Axford, he might net a decent prospect back in return if someone thinks they can straighten him out (again). David Murphy is probably with the Tribe again next yr, but at the right price, I think he could be a useful bench piece for a playoff bound team.
IF the Tribe has learned anything from this season, I hope that it is they need more starting pitching. I'm a huge proponent of building with pitching. If a team has pitching it can get anything it needs, IMHO.
My gut feeling is the Indians should sell and reload for 15. I dont have a problem with that and would not hold that against them. A lot of players this year have been major disappointments.