Report: Yankees finished 2nd in Samardzija, Hammel sweepstakes

July 5, 1:45 PM

The New York Yankees thought they had aptly prepared a package to land a starter from the fire-sailing Chicago Cubs, but ultimately finished second in the sweepstakes, per CBS Sports' Jon Heyman

Top prospect Addison Russell tipped the scales in the Oakland Athletics' favor, a transaction that will force general manager Brian Cashman to look elsewhere in order to satisfy a starving group of starting arms. 

Jeff Samardzija, who carries top-of-the-rotation talent, would have had a significant impact on an A.L. East race that remains hotly-contested. The Yankees are just three games behind the division-leading Baltimore Orioles despite their pitching woes. 

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July 5, 10:56 AM

Report: Yankees exchanged proposals with Cubs for Hammel, Samardzija

July 5, 10:56 AM

There were whispers in Friday trade talks that a third team was involved in talks with the Chicago Cubs for pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, before the Oakland Athletics swooped in with top prospect Addison Russell to seal the deal.

With two of the New York Yankees' rotation staples on the 60-day disabled list, it makes sense they'd be the club looking for arms.

CC Sabathia could be done for the season, pending a visit to Dr. James Andrews about his ailing knee. Michael Pineda isn't expected back until August - he's started four games this season, and before that, hadn't pitched in the majors since 2011.

For now, the Yankees are rolling with a rotation anchored by Masahiro Tanaka, with Hiroki Kuroda, Vidal Nuno, David Phelps and Chase Whitley behind him.

Tanaka leads the American League in wins (12) and is third in ERA (2.27).

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