Billy McKinney, acquired by the Cubs from the Athletics in 2014 in the Jeff Samardzija deal, grew his power game in 2015. He hit .340 with four home runs in only 29 games in the Florida State League, and while he added just three more in 77 Southern League games, McKinney hit 26 doubles in that Double-A circuit. Eventually, he could take over one of the Cubs' outfield corners, possibly as soon as sometime this season. He's not quite close enough to the majors to be targeted in redraft leagues, but he should be owned in dynasty formats.
According to a report from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Athletics have acquired pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Cubs for shortstop prospect Addison Russell. According to ESPN's Keith Law, the Cubs will receive outfielder Billy McKinney, pitcher Dan Straily and a player to be named later. Hammel tossed a quality start in a win over Nationals Friday and Samardzija was scheduled to pitch Sunday for the Cubs before the deal. Samardzija is 2-7 with a 2.83 ERA over 17 starts (108 innings). Hammel is 8-5 with a 2.98 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP over 17 starts (108 2/3 innings).
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