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    Cubs ship Samardzija, Hammel to A's


    The Chicago Cubs have traded starting pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics for 2012 first-round pick Addison Russell, 2013 first-round pick Billy McKinney, pitcher Dan Straily and a player to be named later, sources close to the situation confirmed to ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Insider Keith Law on Friday night.
    Samardzija, 29, is 2-7 with a 2.83 ERA this season. Hammel, 31, is 7-5 with a 2.98 ERA after his latest win, earlier Friday against the Washington Nationals.
    Hammel is set to become a free agent after this season, while Samardzija has one more year of arbitration before becoming a free agent.
    Russell, 20, is ranked third among all prospects on Law's top 100 list. He plays shortstop, the same position occupied by current Cub Starlin Castro and top Cubs prospect Javier Baez. Russell has appeared in only 18 games this season due to a hamstring strain, hitting .333 in 58 at-bats at Double-A Midland. Current Cubs Triple-A hitting coach Brian Harper was on the staff of the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League last year when Russell was a member of the team.
    McKinney, 19, has a .241 batting average with 10 home runs and 33 RBIs in 75 games for Class A Stockton this year.
    Straily, 25, is 1-2 with a 4.93 ERA in seven starts for the A's. The right-hander is 13-11 in 41 starts for Oakland over the past three seasons.
    Samardzija was drafted by the Cubs in the fifth round in 2006 and worked his way up from reliever to starter. He put together his best two months of his career in April (2.38 ERA) and May (1.38 ERA) but got little run support or bullpen help, leading to his 2-7 record. However, in June, his ERA was 5.45 as he went 1-3.
    The Cubs and Samardzija had been talking on and off for two seasons about a contract extension but never got close to inking a deal. Samardzija wants to be paid full market value, although he's still a year and a half from free agency. The Cubs reportedly offered him a 5-year, $85 million deal that he rejected.
    Hammel was pulled from his start Friday after just 92 pitches and told reporters he was confused as to why he was taken out of the game.
    "I would have liked to have stayed out there in the seventh," Hammel told reporters after the 7-2 win. "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."
    Hammel was aware he could be moved, recently saying, "I knew what I signed up for here." The Cubs have said they are in rebuilding mode, and Hammel is just the latest player on a one-year deal to be flipped for prospects.
    With the trade, the Cubs' farm system got even better. It now boasts six of the top 75 position player prospects in baseball, according to Law's preseason rankings: Russell (No. 3), Baez (No. 7), outfielder Kris Bryant (No. 15), outfielder Jorge Soler (No. 26), outfielder Albert Almora (No. 28) and second baseman Arismendy Alcantara (No. 71).
    The Cubs are solidly in last place in the NL Central at 38-46, while the Athletics currently have the best record in the major leagues at 53-33.


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    Cubs positioned for more deals

    WASHINGTON -- On the same night top prospects Javier Baez and Kris Bryant each hit home runs for Triple-A Iowa, the Chicago Cubs loaded up on more prospects.
    That came at a cost of top pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, leaving a Cubs team that won its fourth consecutive game now faced with the challenge of not collapsing as badly as they did last year after trading the likes of pitchers Matt Garza and Scott Feldman and veteran position players Alfonso Soriano and David DeJesus.
    But if the Cubs couldn't acquire a bonafide No. 1 starting pitching prospect directly, they at least added quality inventory to make their desired young high-ceiling pitching acquisitions possible after their six-player deal late Friday night with the Oakland Athletics.
    The Cubs have three of the top 14 prospects entering the 2014 season ranked by Baseball America, and eight of the top 100.
    With the addition of Addison Russell (ranked 14th) from Double-A Midland, the Cubs now have two of the top young shortstop prospects in baseball (along with Baez). They also added center fielder Billy McKinney, who has 10 home runs and 33 RBIs at Class-A Stockton as a 19-year-old.
    Dan Straily, 25, might get a chance to fill some of the holes left by the departures of Samardzija and Hammel, based on Straily's 10-8 record and 3.96 ERA in 27 starts for the Athletics this season. Straily, however, told the Tribune late Friday night he will report to Iowa but was excited to join the Cubs' organization.
    The Cubs' deep bullpen is one of its strengths, and team officials haven't ruled out the possibility of either Justin Grimm or Neil Ramirez returning to the rotation, where they started their careers in the Texas' Rangers' system.
    But there's a need for young quality pitching, especially with the losses of Samardzija and Hammel and injuries to top pitching prospects C.J. Edwards and Pierce Johnson that stunted their development this season.
    There's plenty of depth at third base with Mike Olt, Bryant and Christian Villanueva. Russell already is playing at Double-A at 20, one level behind the 21-year-old Baez.
    Arismendy Alcantara, who started Friday in center field, is developing the versatility to match his production that could land him a major league promotion before Baez or Bryant. Alcantara, 22, is a swich-hitter who is batting .307 with 23 doubles, 11 triples, 10 home runs, 41 RBIs and 20 stolen bases for Iowa.
    General manager Jed Hoyer was delighted that Baseball Prospectus recently acknowledged Alcantara's upside in a recent ranking of top prospects this season.
    After a slow start, Albert Almora has picked up his production at Class-A Daytona. But McKinney adds depth at that spot.
    Even one Athletics source admitted this marked an emotional night because of the investments the teams made in their respective players, but this marked the right time for the Athletics to push for more than just a playoff berth.
    For the Cubs, the option to move Baez to another position remains possible. Talk of moving Bryant to right field hasn't completely quelled. In short, there are plenty of options.
    With the departures of Samardzija and Hammel, the Cubs will lose about 30 quality starts for the rest of the season. Jake Arrieta will become the staff ace, and more consistency will be expected from left-hander Travis Wood and mercurial Edwin Jackson.
    Straily, 25, is major league ready, and Iowa pitchers Tsuyoshi Wada and Dallas Beeler and Kyle Hendricks are ready for auditions for the rest of the season.
    In the meantime, President Theo Esptein and his staff have enough depth in the minors and in the their major league bullpen to package a deal for more pitching that will help his mission to build the Cubs for long-term success.


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    Obviously there's plenty to be excited about with the position players coming up . It's still a couple of years before they arrive , but what I'm not hearing is that we have studs in the pitching ranks . And anyone who really knows baseball will tell u .... that that's what has to be the best part of your team - especially in the playoffs . I just hope they make the right moves to shore that up so we have a complete team when they all arrive .
     
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    It was a good trade for the Cubs. A) They couldn't sign Samardzija, B) Hammel was only brought in as trade bait anyway, and C) despite a few wins recently they aren't going anywhere this year anyway.

    Adding more prospects who are position players works as long as they're either developing some pitching to go along with them or they intend to reverse this strategy and use the excess prospects to acquire the pitching they need.

    It's being called a blockbuster trade and yet IMHO few in Chicago didn't see it coming.
     
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    The world is coming to an end.

    Soul said something good about the Cubs
     
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    Wrigley Field plans come under fire at neighborhood meeting

    More than 100 people who live near Wrigley Field packed a meeting hall at a nearby police station Monday night to ask Cubs representatives about a controversial renovation proposal that faces city review later this week.
    Many aired concerns about already approved parts of the renovation, such as a public plaza and elimination of parking spaces, and revised proposals such as an expanded number of outfield signs. The city's landmarks commission is expected to review the latter idea at its meeting Thursday.
    The plan is part of a new renovation blueprint for the 100-year-old stadium that is dramatically different from the Wrigley plans the city of Chicago approved last year.
    In addition to the video board and right-field sign that were already approved, the Cubs want five more signs in the outfield and other changes to the ballpark.
    The meeting, organized by community groups, was hosted by Ald. Tom Tunney, 44th, who said some of the Cubs' plans “fly in the face of what I believe is being a good neighbor.”
    “The neighborhood has rights also,” Tunney said.
    Many neighbors complained that there has been a lack of communication by the team and that the city seems to eager to accommodate the Cubs.
    “The Cubs keep going to the well … the buffet table catered by Rahm Emanuel and he keeps bringing out more food and they just keep eating it,” said Jim Spencer, the president of the East Lake View Neighbors community group, who said he lives about a block east of the field.
    Kam Buckner, manager of neighborhood and community relations for the team, told the crowd that the “historic renovation” aims to “maximize revenue inside the ballpark” and signage is internal, though he would not say how much revenue the new signs are expected to generate.
    Its plan doesn't include increasing seat capacity, which he said is among the reasons it should have minimal impact on neighbors' lives.
    Some residents at the meeting said they saw no problems with the plans. Even some with grievances said they appreciated the business, revenue and jobs the field brings to the neighborhood.
    “There are some major benefits” to having them here, said Terie Kata, who said she has lived about a block from the field since 1991. But the team needs to include the community in conversations about renovations more, especially longtime, established residents, Kata said.
    “It's not just a bunch of college, bar-hopping people that are there for a year and are gone,” Kata said.


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    Blah blah blah.

    The park was thre before you. Deal with it
     
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    Wouldn't it be funny if they just bought some land ( where they could actually have parking lots ) in say , Dupage County , and just decided to build a replica of Wrigley . I'm tired of all the caterwauling from the residents . If it wasn't FOR the park , they'd just live in another neighborhood .
    If you build it they will come .
     
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    Condemn the rooftop buildings, knock 'em down, vacate the street, rebuild/increase the bleachers/scoreboard/signs out into the street, take the area of the rooftop buildings and make a museum/souvenir shop or parking etc.

    I am sick of the rooftop owners and their moaning. They have no rights to anything the Cubs do.
     

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