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
Chris Carter went 2-for-4 with two RBI in the Astros 6-3 loss to the White Sox on Friday.
Carter has a six game hitting streak going which has helped raise his batting average from .157 to .185. Carter owners have to understand the type of player he is and know that while he has outstanding power there will be plenty of strikeouts and a low batting average. Those hoping for a repeat performance of 2014 should be reminded that he had 13 home runs and a .184 batting average heading into July before mashing 24 home runs over the final three months of the season. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba