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Report: A's send Harden to Red Sox

Posted on: July 30, 2011 9:58 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2011 10:49 pm
By Matt Snyder

With Hiroki Kuroda and Ubaldo Jimenez coming off the trade block Saturday, the Red Sox had to resort to a lesser addition. They got it in the injury-prone yet very talented Rich Harden, from the A's. The Red Sox are sending Lars Anderson and a player to be named later to Oakland (Danny Knobler).

Harden, 29, has long been one of the more talented pitchers in the majors, but his arm has deteriorated over the years due to many injuries. He went 5-1 with a 1.77 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 89 strikeouts in 71 innings after he was traded to the Cubs in July of 2008. This season, however, Harden's got a 4.30 ERA and 1.16 WHIP with a lower strikeout rate. He's only made five starts this season, all in July after returning from injury.

Anderson, 23, is a Triple-A first baseman. He was expendable for the Red Sox with Adrian Gonzalez in house. Anderson is hitting .261/.362/.420 with 10 homers and 57 RBI in 102 games.

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Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2011 10:20 pm

Report: A's send Harden to Red Sox

If Harden can stay healthy, it's a great pickup ... but that's a HUGE IF.    Lars was expendable though ... so it's worth the risk.   Sox would be smart to pick up even another lower tier pitcher just for insurance .. Guthrie maybe?  As of now, we have Miller and Wake in the rotation.  This takes Miller out ... and who knows what's going on with Buchholz.  Sox need as much insurance as possible.

Since: Oct 8, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2011 10:06 pm

Report: A's send Harden to Red Sox

VERY good trade IMO as Lars was never going to contribute in Boston. JMO

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