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The Chicago Cubs have talked with multiple teams about trades involving ace Jeff Samardzija and veteran starter Jason Hammel.
Samardzija and Hammel are two of the bigger trade chips the Cubs will be dealing this season. How long they will wait to make the moves is not yet known, but there are a number of teams who are likely to be considered buyers on the market, so it might take a while before they find the deal they like.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Tanner Roark is expected to be on a limit of around 70 pitches Monday.
Monday's start will be the first of the season for the 15-game winner from last year. Roark is taking the spot of Doug Fister in the rotation as Fister recovers from an ailing forearm. The pitch limit will is only because he has not been lengthened into a starter yet this year. Normally an efficient pitcher, the Cubs will test him as they average 4.0 pitches per plate appearance this year. Analysis: Matt Selz
Sean Doolittle is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.
The Athletics were thrilled to see the performance of Doolittle in his last rehab outing on Friday. Doolittle was reevaluated on Monday and was given clearance to be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday. Bob Melvin said they would work him back into the fold slowly and not put him right back into high pressure situations. The return of Doolittle hurts the fantasy value of Tyler Clippard. Analysis: Drew Phelps