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Oakland A’s Acquire Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel from Chicago Cubs; New York Yankees Lost Out on Trade

July 4th, 2014 at 11:12 PM
By Doug Rush

While most of the country was celebrating America's birthday on Friday night, the Oakland A's and Billy Beane were busy making the first gigantic splash of the trade deadline.

The A's have acquired both pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for prospects, as Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and WFAN confirmed.

With the deal, it officially takes the New York Yankees out of the running for either of the Cubs pitchers, as they were reported to have been interested in both of them, more particularly Hammel, as Max Wildstein of Call to the Pen reported that the Yankees, Cubs and A's had a deal in place to send Hammel  along with Oakland A's top prospect Addison Russell to the Yankees, but the deal fell through and Hammel instead went to the A's.

If the Yankees would have been able to swing that deal, it would have been a major upgrade to two different areas, but instead, the Yankees missed out on a huge opportunity and instead, see Hammel go to another playoff competitor and Russell to the National League.

With the miss on Hammel and now with him and Samardzija off the market, it sends the Yankees looking for answers and a Plan B. With the news of CC Sabathia potentially missing the rest of the 2014 season due to his knee injury that could force surgery, the Yankees may not just need one starter, but potentially two.

Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies and Bronson Arroyo of the Arizona Diamondbacks are still on the market and could be trade options for the Yankees before the July 31 trade deadline.

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