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?