Making Sense Of Nonsense: Cubs trade Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel to A’s to add to core

It’s as if Cubs GM Jed Hoyer saw that all eyes in Chicago were in the skies, focused on fireworks and knew then was the time to make the deal.

While fireworks provided distraction, the Cubs and Athletics made a game-changing deal which sent the Cubs’ two best starting pitchers — Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel — to the Athletics in exchange for their two best prospects — Addison Russell and Billy McKinney.

Analysis after the jump.

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