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A’s make themselves a 2014 favorite, though Cubs might have won deal

One ball executive says Addison Russell is 'Barry Larkin with power.' (Getty)
One ball executive says Addison Russell is ‘Barry Larkin with power.’ (Getty)

Samardzija, Hammel traded for Russell, Straily, McKinney, PTBNL

It seemed crazy. The A’s, a group with a best starting pitching in a AL already, combined dual some-more starters to a revolution that seems full, even before Drew Pomeranz earnings from rehab. The Cubs, who are built with immature positional players, generally shortstops, alien maybe a game’s tip shortstop prospect.

But if we consider about it, and it was tough to digest it all with fireworks drifting on Jul 4, it creates ideal sense.

The A’s, a good group for years that’s struggled to get over a mound and win in October, now incited themselves into World Series favorites, during slightest as distant as a American League is concerned. The Cubs, a group personification for subsequent year, or maybe a year after, finished their awaiting accumulate that many improved by importing a shrewd Athletics’ final dual No. 1 picks, including chosen shortstop Addison Russell.

If a Cubs still don’t demeanour like they have pitching, well, bats are a reward during a moment, and they have many of a best of them in a minors now, maybe environment themselves adult for some-more large trades to come. Cubs boss Theo Epstein and GM Jed Hoyer generally seem to penchant traffic with baseball’s Brad Pitt, Billy Beane, yet they’ll have to bend out and dial adult a Mets’ Sandy Alderson or a Marlins’ Dan Jennings to acquire that good immature pitching, to change things out a bit.

But that shouldn’t be so hard. Who wouldn’t wish any of their big-time attack prospects? There are so many, and they are so good, it’s tough to know who tops a list. MLB.com, that already changed Russell to a Cubs’ awaiting list, even before a Jul 4 blockbuster that sent maestro starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland for Russell, tip attack awaiting Billy McKinney, immature pitcher Dan Straily and a actor to be named was strictly announced (presumably, it will be today), has Russell ranked third, behind Javier Baez and Kris Bryant, and forward of Albert Almora. The list of studs goes on from there.

But who’s to argue? Baez is a monster. Bryant homers clearly each other day in a minors. And well, Russell is special, a 1-1 (meaning No. 1 altogether breeze pick) form talent, in a difference of one talent evaluator.

“He’s Barry Larkin with power,” one opposition ball executive pronounced of Russell.

If he’s anything tighten to that, this trade is a home run for a Cubs, who acted fast and decisively in this tough trade market. By wrapping their dual best trade pieces together, they acquired an chosen immature player, and many more.

While Samardzija is a superb talent, and his won-loss record is usually justification of a this Cubs team’s altogether uselessness behind him, a supply and direct of a trade marketplace wasn’t operative in his favor: many teams need hitters many some-more than pitchers in this singular year, and during slightest one some-more achieved starter, David Price, is expected to be dealt, and maybe some-more than that if Cliff Lee proves healthy shortly and a Phillies listen on Cole Hamels, too.

Samardzija also wasn’t staying with a Cubs. Epstein and Hoyer attempted several times to keep Samardzija on his hometown group (he’s from Northern Indiana), with a final offer of $85 million-plus for 5 years a reasonable try that wasn’t in a ballpark. That’s since Samardzija wants to win now, and be paid later.

He is one of a players who relishes a thought of giveaway agency, and he’ll certainly get there now, since while a A’s filled his enterprise to win, they don’t have $85 million fibbing around (and if they did, they should use it to play all a leaks in their ebbing ballpark, or find a shortstop of a future).

The A’s aren’t a group about a future, they are a currently team. And Beane substantially surveyed his rotation, and satisfied that he had dual kids, Sonny Gray and Jesse Chavez, and Scott Kazmir, who was late not too prolonged ago, versus it, and wondered where he’d get all a late innings. Now he has options. In fact, a group with tighten to a shallowest bill has maybe a deepest rotation.

The A’s have led all of ball in run differential roughly all year, and they demeanour like a best group going. But they’ve been here before. This time, Beane and Co. didn’t wish to come adult craps in a Oct crap shoot. They wanted to lean a contingency toward them, and they have finished that by surrendering dual big-time first-round picks.

Beane has built a juggernaut mostly on trades (Gray and Sean Doolittle are a sole homegrown stars), and Epstein looks like he’s relocating into position to do a same. He has so many good attack prospects he competence be a many renouned GM for trades subsequent winter. The Marlins, for all their startling prolongation this year, should demeanour to re-balance themselves with additional hitting. And so should a Mets, who’ll have a save of immature pitchers to opposition few others once Dillon Gee and Matt Harvey return.

The Cubs, who finished a good trade final winter to supplement C.J. Edwards (and several others) for Matt Garza, are going to need pitching. But we know what? Bats are a singular commodity right now, and with new No. 1 collect Kyle Schwarber, who strike like .500 his initial week, and all a others, Theo and Jed should be open for business.

“Talent rules,” one NL GM remarkable after this holiday trade.

That’s positively right. And interjection to this deal, a Cubs might be favorites for 2017. For now, though, few would brawl that a A’s are a expected World Series group today. There was a process to this madness, and advantages for both parties. That’s a approach a good trade should work.

Article source: http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/writer/jon-heyman/24608387/as-make-themselves-the-2014-favorite-but-cubs-may-have-won-deal

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