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A's Shop Harden To Red Sox

Yahoo's Tim Brown has a source indicating that Billy Beane has called the Red Sox to see if they'd be interested in oft-injured flamethrower Rich Harden.  Brown also knew some teams Beane didn't call about Harden: the D'Backs, Dodgers, and Devil Rays.  He speculates that buzzing Boston could be an attempt to lure the Yankees.

Boston's strength is it's starting pitching, so it seems an odd area to upgrade.  Most likely this was just Billy and Theo BSing and it somehow turned into a trade rumor.  But can you imagine the Red Sox rotation on paper?

Matsuzaka
Beckett
Schilling
Harden
Wakefield

Then in '08, the Red Sox could let Schilling walk and plug Lester in, without losing much.  Of course, a healthy Harden is like some sort of mirage.  Seeing Harden on a Major League mound is as rare as seeing me at the office past 4:52.  (What?  I have a 5:09 train I like to catch).

We could throw around a bunch of Red Sox prospect names in speculation, but why?  Nothing's getting done until Harden strings together five healthy starts.

Brown says Oakland could go for a full-blown fire sale if they're out of contention in July.  Future free agents Mike Piazza, Milton Bradley, Jason Kendall, and Joe Kennedy would be prime tradin' chips.

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I doubt it ever happens but if it did you can stick someone like Hansack or Wakefield in the pen and then use him to start when Harden makes his DL trips. A hybrid of Harden/Wakefield would be a very effective pitcher

I think somewhere Wily Mo Pena and Clay Buchholz were mentioned, I understand Buchholz, top Sox pitching prospect, but Pena is just silly.

Personally, I thought Beane was trolling for Jon Lester, throw in Craig Hansen who is doing well in AAA, as is outfielder Brandon Moss, something like that.

If he wanted the Yankees involved, why not call the Yankees, is this really child's play?

Cashman cannot trade for a pitcher, he didn't sign big name pitchers advocating a youth movement, and farm system, he cannot trade that farm system for a pitcher, thats admitting he was wrong.

The thing about that Red Sox rotation, take out Harden and put in Lester, Lester will be back before July(latest) and its still pretty darn good, if not more balanced with a left handed pitcher, with the knuckle, and 3 hard right.

And you can keep your prospects.

any trade even centered around harden/lester would be the worst of theo's career

"Cashman cannot trade for a pitcher, he didn't sign big name pitchers advocating a youth movement, and farm system, he cannot trade that farm system for a pitcher, thats admitting he was wrong."

Lets be fair here. Cashman and Torre also said as recently as the end of spring training that they didn't think Hughes would be up for a couple of months. (Looks like they should have waited...) Minds change pretty quickly in New York...

Harden to Braves for a package starting with Salty and maybe a b caliber prospect

i would luv 2 see Harden on the Braves, but i also don't wanna see another Hampton injury massacre. Although Harden in the National League accompianied by Smoltz, Hudson, and James. Thats one hell of a rotation

and the trade if anythin would be Harden for Salty, Davies/Cormier, and like 5953 said a b prospect

You got to love the Braves fans. Every guy that is on the trading block they want. And all have the same package, player A (insert any big name trade bait) for Salty, Davies, and a lesser prospect.

Just in the past week they have offered that same basic package for Harden, Zambrano, and Willis. It is actually starting to get funny.

hahaha Id say they are worse than the cubs fans and Jaque Jones


You're right though. Every single trade thread braves fan assume Salty+Davies is a viable offer


And im sure we're about to hear about why its such a viable offer...

"Seeing Harden on a Major League mound is as rare as seeing me at the office past 4:52."


aaaahhhhhaaaa ha ha ha i think i pulled something

hahaha Id say they are worse than the cubs fans and Jaque Jones


You're right though. Every single trade thread braves fan assume Salty+Davies is a viable offer


And im sure we're about to hear about why its such a viable offer...

hahaha Id say they are worse than the cubs fans and Jaque Jones


You're right though. Every single trade thread braves fan assume Salty+Davies is a viable offer


And im sure we're about to hear about why its such a viable offer...

I'm a Yankee fan and I'd take Harden in a boston rotation over Schilling any day of the week. Schilling has been a constant thorn in my dick. I have the most respect for the guy but I'd love to see him go asap

I'm a Yankee fan and I'd take Harden in a boston rotation over Schilling any day of the week. Schilling has been a constant thorn in my dick. I have the most respect for the guy but I'd love to see him go asap

Wait a minute... did this post just call Jason Kendall a "prime trading chip?"

Let's face it, everyone LOVES trading veteran talent for cheaper prospects, and people act like it's brilliance, even though it's pretty much an easily established blueprint by now. One thing should be pointed out - it's fine when you trade for Cliff Lee and Grady Sizemore, but it's not fine when you trade for Dan "Top Pitching Prospect" Meyer. And of course not every top prospect is a beast. "Let aging, fading Miguel Tejada go and plug in fresh young Bobby Crosby!" Is Bobby Crosby MVP yet like Buster Olney promised me? Shorstops are harder to find than 3b. Right now it looks like Billy Beane would've been better off if he'd kept Tejada and Teahen and not Chavez and Crosby. Because Chavez's M.O. lately has been putting up mediocre numbers while his fans talk about how valiant he is while playing injured. Problem is, he always seems to be injured. Still waiting on that .900+ OPS everyone keeps jabbering about, Eric.

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