The Oakland Athletics traded away their 2013 and 2012 first-round picks, pitcher Dan Straily, and a player to be named later to the Chicago Cubs for starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel.
The Cubs currently find themselves at the bottom of the NL Central. Oakland, at 53-33, enjoys the best record in baseball. Their pitching, which has been a strong suit, looks to improve because of the deal.
Hammel boasts an 8-5 record with a 2.98 ERA. Samardzija’s 2-7 record belies a 2.83 ERA.
The Cubs mysteriously pulled Hammel after 92 pitches in Friday’s start. “I would have liked to have stayed out there in the seventh,” he told the media after getting the win over Washington. “I have no idea why I came out of the game. I honestly believe you learn how to pitch when you get to 100 pitches. If you’re not allowed to reach that, I think that’s hurting you more than help.”