Cubs Notebook: Pitching Downgraded in Trade but Team Still Improved

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@Cubs/Twitter The Cubs' haul from their blockbuster trade with the Oakland A's this weekend. @Cubs/Twitter
The Cubs’ haul from their blockbuster trade with the Oakland A’s this weekend.

WARR baseball writer Kevin Luchansky writes about the Cubs and the White Sox weekly for WARR.com.

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News first broke last night that the Chicago Cubs were sending Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland for Addison Russell, right-hander Dan Straily, Billy McKinney and perhaps a player-to-be-named-later, that news has become fact over the course of Saturday.

Outside of the maybe unprecedented pitching duo being shifted from Chicago to Oakland, Russell is the star name here and this trade is, without a doubt, the biggest move baseball has seen since Prince Fielder and Ian Kinsler traded places in Detroit and Texas this past offseason. Russell, a 20 year old shortstop, isn’t just the Oakland A’s top prospect, he’s one of the top 15 prospects in all of baseball…

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