Win-now trade in 2014 has paid dividends for the Oakland Athletics in 2018

The San Francisco Examiner
Win-now trade in 2014 has paid dividends for the Oakland Athletics in 2018
Win-now trade in 2014 has paid dividends for the Oakland Athletics in 2018

When the Oakland Athletics executed a high-stakes trade with the Chicago Cubs in July of 2014, the potential long-term impact of the transaction wasn't the priority. Despite the urgency of the deal — which sent top-prospect Addison Russell, former first-round draft pick Billy McKinney and right-hander Dan Straily to Chicago for starting pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel — the exchange laid the foundation for Oakland's current roster construction. By using Samardzija as a trade chip to obtain shortstop Marcus Semien, starting pitcher Chris Bassitt and catcher Josh Phegley from the Chicago White Sox the following offseason, the win-now strategy in 2014 has actually significantly benefitted the A's four years later.

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