Weekend Digest: Samardzija traded; Astros trades leaked; Romo out as closer

Justin K. Aller

MLB news from the last week.

Cubs trade Jeff Samardzija to the A's

Following months of speculation, the Cubs finally find a taker for Samardzija. Jason Hammel also goes to Oakland in the deal. In return, the Cubs receive minor leaguers Addison Russell and Billy McKinney, and starting pitcher Dan Straily, who was fourth in the AL ROY voting last year. A PTBNL is also involved.

Astros trade negotiations are leaked

Houston's 2013 trade deadline and offseason discussions were leaked online Monday, the biggest of which involved Giancarlo Stanton. The Astros side says they offered George Springer and prospect Carlos Correa in return for Stanton, but the Marlins turned them away. The Marlins GM says that report is completely false.

Sergio Romo dropped from closer's role

The Giants had a 9.5-game lead in the NL West on June 8. Since then, they are 5-17 and have fallen into second place behind the Dodgers. In conjunction with that is Sergio Romo's poor performance of late. He's blown three of his last five save opportunities and Bruce Bochy has decided on closer-by-committee setup between Santiago Casilla and Jeremy Affeldt.

David Ortiz: Cubs should play fewer day games

He says that's the problem with the Cubs' lack of winning, as if the talent on the field had nothing to do with it. After all, he can predict ball four, right?

Rick Porcello has no walks or strikeouts in second straight shutout

Consecutive complete-game shutouts are rare these days, but Porcello threw the second with fewer than 100 pitches. Some other guy did that more than anyone, someone named Maddux...

CC Sabathia likely done for the year

Sabathia hasn't pitched since May 10 and Joe Girardi said he's very likely going to miss the rest of the 2014 season with fluid in his right knee and microfracture surgery. Sabathia has fallen off a cliff since his first years with the Yankees.

Johnny Damon thinks he can still contribute

"When you feel you can still outhit at least half the league and you don't get that call, it's rough."

Unless half of the league is Dan Uggla, then yeah, maybe. Then again, he's 40 years old, so he'd fit in well with the Phillies.

Damon hit .222 in 64 games with Cleveland last year.

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