Rich Harden to Cubs
My boss just emailed me and said that Bruce Levine is on ESPN 1000 reporting the following:
RH Pitcher Rich Harden of A's going to Cubs per ESPN.
ERA is 2.34. Record is 5-1 I think.
Cubs giving up 4-5 players/prospects. Not sure who.
You can thank my boss for the scoop.
Update 5:33 pm: Matt Murton and Eric Patterson are involved.
Update 5:34 pm: Sean Ghallager, too.
Geez, this is going to be an expensive trade.
Update: 5:48 pm: The Hendry Press conference just ended. Here's the trade: Cubs get Rich Harden and Chad Gaudin (a RHP currently in the A's pen.) The Cubs give up: Sean Gallagher, Eric Patterson, Matt Murton, and a minor league guy whose name was not familiar to me (Josh Donaldson).
Hendry basically said they've been discussing the deal for two weeks, trading names back and forth. The player that Billy Beane absolutely wanted and that Hendry did not want to give up was Sean Gallagher. Hendry spoke highly of both Murton and Gallagher's character but didn't take the opportunity to extend those remarks to Eric Patterson.
Lou's on, update to follow.
Update 6:08 pm Lou just finished up. He had some great quotes as usual but didn't add too much. Apparently Gaudin played for him in Tampa, but Lou didn't actively lobby for him as Lou didn't find out about the deal until today at 3:00.
When quizzed by one of the beat reporters (Hendry has been working on this for two weeks.) Lou laughed it off, "without me. Ha ha ha." Lou then went on to say that Hendry and he had talked on Friday and that Hendry knew they weren't going to be able to get Sabathia, but Hendry said there might be someone else.
The Quotable Lou Piniella
"Yesterday, Milwaukee made a deal for a real good left handed starter and today Jim went out and got himself a real good righty. It just shows how competitive he is." – Lou Piniella
"We gave up some kids for the present. As a manager you love to see an organization go out and help you." – Lou Piniella
"The Cubs are going to do everything in their power to help us win." – Lou Piniella
"This makes us better and we're very very pleased." – Lou Piniella
Matt Murton shows off his arm in a game against the Giants.
Image courtesy of The Cubdom Photo Gallery
It's a sad day to see Carrot-top leave Chicago, but boy is that red hair going to clash with Oakland green and gold.