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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