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The Athletics are discussing a deal with the Cubs involving Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel.
Theo Epstein has already come out and said that his preference is to trade Hammel before Samardzija,m though the Shark's strikeout potential makes him a more attractive candidate for most teams. Still, Hammel with the A's would be an outstanding match and one that should send fantasy owners to the waiver wire to pick him up immediately if it happens. He's pitched well wherever he's gone and while last season was a down one for him with the Orioles, he could join Oakland in his first pitcher-friendly home park and do wonders for the middle of that rotation. Stay tuned.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Bryce Harper went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in the Nationals 3-0 win over the Cubs on Wednesday.
Harper launched his 18th home run of the season on Wednesday as the power everybody expected Harper to have has finally arrived. At 22 years old Harper is currently the best hitting in baseball, sporting a .333 average with 41 runs, 18 home runs and 43 RBI to go with an insane .472 OBP and 1.222 OPS. It may have taken him a bit longer than many had expected since being on the cover of Sports Illustrated at just 16 years old but baseball fans everywhere should take notice as he is finally showing the world just how talented he is. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba