Kansas City Royals

Cubs, Theo Epstein won't necessarily be buyers at trade deadline

A's general manager Billy Beane went for broke last July, acquiring Jon Lester from the Red Sox and Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Cubs for the stretch run. The hero of "Moneyball" gave up All-Star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and top prospect Addison Russell in the two deals but was widely praised for going for it. A year later, all three of those pitchers are playing in Chicago, while Beane's A's entered the weekend in last place in the American League West. Beane's big gamble failed, as the A's collapsed in the final two months and blew a late lead to the Royals in the wild-card game. He then started over, trading Samardzija to the White Sox...