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Red Sox attempt to land Rich Harden from A’s, deal falls through

Jul 30, 2011, 9:37 PM EDT

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Now that the Ubaldo Jimenez sweepstakes have ended, other dominoes can begin falling.

Jayson Stark of ESPN.com passes along notice that the Red Sox are “closing in” on a deal for Athletics right-hander Rich Harden.

He doesn’t have the upside of Ubaldo, but Harden has posted a cool 30/10 K/BB ratio and 1.16 WHIP since returning from the disabled list in early July. The 29-year-old right-hander has a 3.65 career major league ERA and is owed less than $1 million through the end of the season.

The two sides are still talking, but an agreement could be reached at some point late Saturday night. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe is hearing that first base prospect Lars Anderson may be headed to Oakland.

UPDATE, 9:40 PM: Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus has the goods. The A’s will receive Anderson, who has a .782 OPS and 10 homers this year at Triple-A, and a player to be named later. The deal will be finalized on Sunday morning.

UPDATE, 1:10 AM: In a surprising turn of events, the trade has fallen through. Harden is scheduled to pitch for the A’s Tuesday against the Mariners and told reporters on Saturday night that he fully intends to make that start. Perhaps the Red Sox and A’s will revisit talks on Sunday morning.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 30, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    It is about time for a Lars Anderson rumor. How much of a prospect is he? I understand that his status was higher a few years ago.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 30, 2011 at 9:50 PM

      The PTBNL is probably the key to the trade for Oakland. It might be someone from the 2010 draft class who can’t be traded for a year after he signed his contract.

    • bloodysock - Jul 30, 2011 at 10:23 PM

      Anderson was once one of Boston’s top prospects. He performed very well during the 2008 season at High-A Lancaster and Double-A Portland but struggled since. This season a AAA Pawtucket, he was hitting .261 and had 10 homers with 58 RBI. Plus, he was expendable with Gonzalez locked in a first base for years to come.

  2. ryanmallettsbluntwrap - Jul 30, 2011 at 9:50 PM

    Well if its only lars anderson for Harden then that was a no brainer , Adrians got first base locked up for a long time , hardens can pitch when healthy , KEY : when healthy.

  3. derpdederpdederp - Jul 30, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    painful to watch. not only do the Sox lose Ubaldo to a team he won’t be able to help but they pick up a guy who is probably gonna be on the DL by the time Im done writing this post

    • ryanmallettsbluntwrap - Jul 30, 2011 at 9:59 PM

      The Sox lost Ubaldo ? Last time i checked he was never on the Red Sox , and the Indians gave up a pretty hefty price to acquire him.

      • derpdederpdederp - Jul 30, 2011 at 10:09 PM

        very very clever. you know what I mean

      • marinersnate - Jul 31, 2011 at 2:57 AM

        No. Not really.

  4. Ari Collins - Jul 30, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    If they didn’t give anyone beyond Lars Anderson, this is a great gamble to take.

    • Ari Collins - Jul 30, 2011 at 10:03 PM

      That is, anyone better than Lars Anderson.

  5. er0ck5 - Jul 30, 2011 at 10:02 PM

    I’d rather get Rich Harden for the rest of the year and give up a mid-level prospect or 2 then give up 2 or 3 top prospects for a guy in Jimenez who, short of an outstanding first half of the 2010 season, has not been spectacular. We only need a pitcher for insurance with Buchholtz anyway.

  6. Jack Marshall - Jul 30, 2011 at 10:06 PM

    Easy upgrade over Miller, who has worn out his welcome. Hardin might stay healthy until Buchholtz gets back. The Sox didn’t need Jimenez.

  7. patsandsox - Jul 30, 2011 at 10:23 PM

    Miller sucks hes a left handed DiceK. Painfull to watch. I can see why two other teams dumped him. Lars was never going to make the majors in Boston with Adrian here. As long as we didnt give anyone important with him its worth it.

    Just tell me we didnt give the Weiland kid or Dubrant.

  8. rsox3fan - Jul 30, 2011 at 10:49 PM

    Good risk really. Anderson has no place to go with the Redsox.Same with Wil Middlebrooks another really good corner infielder who’s ready to take his place on a major league roster.Just not with the Redsox.

    • Ari Collins - Jul 30, 2011 at 10:58 PM

      They could put Middlebrooks at 3rd next year. He’s supposed to be a very good defender, while Youk is merely adequate. Move Youk to DH and save $12M on Papi, whose resurgence this year is amazing but not, I’d bet, likely to continue into his late 30s.

  9. rsox3fan - Jul 30, 2011 at 11:28 PM

    I get your point Ari,but the dh position should be a resting spot for regular player’s.That’s what most team’s treat it like now.

  10. nomoreseasontix - Jul 30, 2011 at 11:29 PM

    I was wondering why the A’s haven’t been sellers when it hit me. They don’t have anything to sell.
    At least Beane got himself a nice prospect. He’ll trade him next year for another washed up veteran. And on it goes…

    • APBA Guy - Jul 31, 2011 at 1:10 AM

      Nomar said the same thing two nights ago, about the season when he was with the A’s. And that’s the real sadness, that the A’s have been treading water for 4 years now. They have become the Orioles of the West.

      Time for the over/under on how long before Harden goes on the DL.

  11. er0ck5 - Jul 31, 2011 at 12:01 AM

    rsox3fan..I wouldn’t presume the dh position should be a resting spot for regular players. I agree, that’s what most teams treat it like right now. But that’s why the Red Sox have the best DH, because they have one slugger to fill the position full-time.

  12. er0ck5 - Jul 31, 2011 at 12:12 AM

    Who is our #3 in the Playoffs if Clay doesn’t come back and needs season-ending back surgery…Wakefield? Lackey? Wake has been pretty good, and Lackey has been terrific his last 3, but hard to count on them in the playoffs against the best teams, best lineups.

    • derpdederpdederp - Jul 31, 2011 at 2:14 AM

      Kevin Millwood…….

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