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A's trade with Cubs unlikely to alter Phils' plans


PITTSBURGH -- The A's pushed their chips all-in on Friday, when they sent two top prospects and right-hander Dan Straily, who has made 41 big league starts, to the Cubs for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel.

If the Phillies plan on trading some starting pitching before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, they can cross Oakland off their list.

"It doesn't really affect us all that much," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Saturday afternoon at PNC Park.

Pretty much everybody in the Phillies' rotation could be available before the deadline: Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, A.J. Burnett, Kyle Kendrick and Roberto Hernandez. Some obviously carry more trade value than others, but some are also owed tens of millions of dollars on their contracts and have partial no-trade clauses, making things tricky.

But could the A's trade raise the bar for a team's asking price?

"It doesn't affect us all that much," Amaro said. "It's a separate issue. We're still looking at it. We'll continue to assess the club and kind of go from there."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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