Deal good for Cubs, Samardzija

Pitcher lands with winner; Epstein & Co. score coup and keep focus on future

Updated: July 5, 2014, 2:44 AM ET
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Cubs ... Jeff Samardzija trade ... fireworks ... can't ... resist .. jokes.

So yeah, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer went boom on July 4. God bless Cubs Nation.

Dealing an All-American guy such as Samardzija on the Fourth? There should be a law.

It only took 84 games for the Chicago Cubs to reach their season's goal of trading Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics for prospects.

What will they do in the next 78 games? Probably trade more guys and ...

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