• Cubs' Epstein: Trade for Russell 'no-brainer'

    Summary of 4 articles · Updated Jul 5, 2014
    For Epstein, the key player in the deal is apparently Russell. Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said acquiring top shortstop prospect Addison Russell from the Oakland Athletics on Friday, for veteran pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, was a "no-brainer" and something the team had to do, despite its need for young pitching. Beane wanted to make sure if Epstein was going to trade the right-hander that he'd call Oakland. But Epstein and Beane had a tough time finding a combination of players that fit each other's check lists. "We felt like Russell was a key for us in any deal with Oakland." Russell, 20, will report to Double-A Tennessee as he's fully recovered from a hamstring injury. But why? In 24-year-old Starlin Castro, you’ve already got an All-Star caliber shortstop who is signed through 2020 and your No. 1 prospect, Javier Baez, is also a shortstop currently at Triple-A.
    Source: ESPN.com
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