The Oakland A's acquired starting pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs in a multi-player trade that was finalized Saturday.
The Cubs received shortstop prospect and 2012 first-round draft pick Addison Russell, minor league outfielder Billy McKinney, pitcher Dan Straily and a player to be named.
The A's, who already have one of the top pitching staffs in baseball and the best record in the major leagues, added to their rotation as they make a push for a World Series run. Oakland, 53-33 heading into Saturday, gave up two of its top prospects and a pitcher with major-league experience to get the deal done.
The A's recently obtained pitcher Brad Mills from the Milwaukee Brewers for cash considerations. But the acquisition of Samardzija and Hammel give the A's two starters to plug into their rotation. They join Scott Kazmir, Sonny Gray and Tommy Milone as starters.
---New York Mets third baseman David Wright is back in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Texas Rangers.
Wright has been out with a bruised rotator cuff in his left shoulder. He is batting third and playing third base. The club was hopeful that Wright would return Friday for the start of a 10-game homestand but he was unable to go.
Wright missed the final six games of a 1-7 road trip and left the Mets a season-worst 10 games out of first place in the National League East after being swept in a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves.
---New Colorado Rockies pitcher Jair Jurrjens is feeling better Saturday, a day after he was hospitalized for tightness in his chest.
Jurrjens, 28, struggled to catch his breath during his start at Coors Field on Friday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers. X-rays and blood work revealed nothing serious and his shortness of breath may have been caused by the effects from the high altitude in Denver.
He gave up eight runs in 4 2/3 innings but did not consider coming out of the game before that.
---The Los Angeles Angels acquired left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher and outfielder Tony Campana from the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor league outfielder Zach Borenstein and right-hander Joey Krehbiel on Saturday.
The trade gives the Angels added depth as they look to compete for a playoff spot in the American League. The deal gives the struggling Diamondbacks some minor league help.
Thatcher is 1-0 with a 2.63 ERA with 25 strikeouts and three walks in 24 innings this season. Thatcher has held left-handed hitters to a .240 batting average. Campana, who can play center field, is batting .246 with a .294 on-base percentage in 462 plate appearances over four seasons in the major leagues. He has also stolen 66 bases in 74 attempts in his career.