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Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Cubs - Acquired Harden
Chicago Cubs - Acquired P Richmond Virginia Harden and P Chad Gaudin from the Oakland A’s for P Sean Gallagher, OF Matt Murton, 2B/OF Eric Patterson and C Josh Donaldson.
First thing I did when I saw this signing flash by? I checked to see if this Josh Donaldson was hitting like 400/500/1.200. He’s not, he’s like the Brad Ausmus of the Midwest League.
Then what did I do? I checked the wire reports to see if maybe the Cubs were throwing in 3 players to be named later and, Veal, Pie, and, Samardzija. Nope.
So now I’m just confused. Yes, Harden has a bad injury history, but he’s been healthy for the longest period in years and the Cubs aren’t really giving up much else. If you consider Gaudin and Gallagher even and I’m not sure that’s even the case, the Cubs are giving up for a brilliant but risky pitcher Murton, Patterson and Donaldson. I like Matt Murton, but the Cubs have never really been interested in him and don’t value him at all, Patterson’s like 11th on their 2B depth chart, and Donaldson’s an organizational player if he’s lucky. From the point of view of the Cubs, they essentially picked up Rich Harden for free.
The A’s had no business throwing in Gaudin in a trade I think they lose without including him. Murton’s a nice player, but the A’s need a serious bat - with Thomas hurting lately and Cust having one of his patented cold streaks, Tanner Boyle could beat the crap out of the hitters. Murton’s better than Emil Brown, but Billy Beane has no excuse for not being able to find lots and lots of players who are better than Emil Brown.
The Cubs? Nothing to complain about here. They get Harden when he’s healthy and give up nothing they care about.
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