Update: The Cubs send Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Athletics for Addison Russell, per sources. There may be other players and teams also involved.
Wow. Just wow. Despite the long-term potential for Russell, this is a win-now move for the A's who have now crushed it with regard to their pitching staff. Even with Sonny Gray possibly having his innings capped, the A's have three bona fide starters to work with heading into the playoffs. Interesting move for the Cubs who are now ridiculously loaded int he middle infield with Russell, Starlin Castro and Javier Baez. Initial thought is that they could turn themselves into immediate candidates for the David Price sweepstakes which, heading into next year, would certainly be an upgrade for their pitching staff. In truth, there are so many possibilities here, it's almost scary.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Korean slugger Byung-ho Park is reportedly traveling to Minnesota to talk with the Twins.
With a $12.85M winning bid, the Twins now have 30 days to negotiate a contract with Park and his agent. If they don't, they will be refunded the money and Park will return to the KBO. The Korean slugger batted .343/.436/.714 with 53 home runs last season for the Nexen Heroes and hit 52 the year before. The KBO is notoriously hitter-friendly, so take those numbers with a grain of salt. He should still be able to hit for power, but given the dimensions of Target Field, 25 home runs is more of a realistic expectation. Analysis: Howard Bender