And the other shoe drops

I just got out of the press conference with Jim Hendry; quotes to follow.

The Cubs this afternoon acquired RHP Rich Harden and RHP Chad Gaudin from the Athletics. In exchange, Oakland got RHP Sean Gallagher, OF Matt Murton, IF/OF Eric Patterson and minor-leaguer C Josh Donaldson.

Harden, 26, is 5-1 with a 2.34 ERA in 13 starts this season. This year, like previous ones, he has spent time on the disabled list. As a side note, his contract signed in 2005 has a club option for $7 million next year.

Gaudin, 25, is a reliever known for his deadly slider and is 5-3 with a 3.59 ERA in 62.2 innings this year (including six starts).

So, Cubs fans, what are your thoughts?


How about seriously happy?

Great, Harden has good stuff when healthy. I didn’t think Patterson or Murton have much of a future. Harden has great stats vs the NL.

re-signing zambrono,lee & ramierez and now getting harden.this is the kind of committment to winning that every cub fan could only dream of not so long ago.oh,yeh,signing one of the premiere mgrs ,wow! go cubs!

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