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
Nate Orchard (groin) is questionable for Monday's game against the Ravens.
Orchard has developed into a run-stuffing linebacker in the NFL, and will be missed if he cannot take the field in Week 12 against the Ravens, who will be looking to establish the run with Joe Flacco out of action. He has not built upon his sack abilities that he showcased in college at Utah, but the Browns are happy that he has developed into a run-stopper as their defense has been porous against running backs the past couple of seasons. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson