Why another shortstop?
Most people asked that question when the Cubs made some fireworks with a July 4 trade to acquire top prospect Addison Russell from the Oakland A's for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel.
But for the Cubs, it was just about acquiring elite young talent, regardless of position.
For Russell, the deal was unexpected.
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"It was a really big surprise," Russell told broadcaster Mick Gillispie at Double-A Tennessee. "I had not thought about getting traded at all. I was just taken aback; I was surprised."
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