The Cubs traded Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics for 2 really good prospects and Dan Straily today. This trade sends a message to the league from the Athletics standpoint, saying they’re in it to win it this year, by acquiring two quite successful pitchers. The Cubs acquired Addison Russell, a really good shortstop prospect, and Bill McKinney, a first round pick outfielder in 2013. This means the Cubs are really looking to be the best team in 5 years … But more importantly, the Athletics have become the most talented team in the American league. They have jostled with the Tigers (and Blue Jays) for the best record in the AL the entire season. So this means that the Tigers are going to respond with a message of their own most likely. Expect a big trade in the Tigers future, and don’t be shocked if that’s the near future. Possible targets could include Jose Altuve (can play shortstop or Kinsler can. Can also play third if Tigers like Suarez better than Castellanos which is very reasonable). The Rockies bullpen can also be a target. The Tigers will also most likely trade away an outfielder, given the existing logjam. I would say Jackson, maybe JD, but Jackson probably more likely. Speaking of outfielders logjam, Andy Dirks is returning soon from his multiple month injury/surgery. This may be the all-star break. Another reason to shop an outfielder … and make a big trade, unless they would rather try and set Jackson straight in the minors. Summary: Athletics now best talent in AL (not to worry though we swept them); Tigers may respond with big trade; Dirks coming back soon.
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