Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija traded to Athletics for Addison Russell, Dan Straily, Billy McKinney, and a player to be named later

The most difficult spelling since "Duchscherer." - Brian Kersey

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports was the first to report that at the least the Athletics will receive Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Addison Russell.

Keith Law of ESPN has followed up, naming in addition to Russell, A's minor league players Billy McKinney, Dan Straily, and a player to be named later.

Samardzija and Hammel will join a rotation led by Scott Kazmir and Sonny Gray. Assuming the A's stick with a five-man rotation, Brad Mills and one of Tommy Milone or Jesse Chavez would be displaced. It is possible one would move into a long relief role after the A's Jeff Francis was recently designated for assignment. Further analysis to come.

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