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Red Sox, A’s call off trade for right-hander Rich Harden

Jul 31, 2011, 1:27 AM EDT

Rich Harden AP

Well, this sure is odd.

According to the Associated Press, via NBC Sports, Boston’s attempt at acquiring right-hander Rich Harden from the A’s has suddenly fallen through.

It was reported late Saturday night that Harden was headed to the Red Sox in exchange for first base prospect Lars Anderson and a player to be named later, but the agreement was never fully finalized and Harden told the Oakland press moments ago that he is now expecting to make his scheduled Tuesday start for the Athletics.

Perhaps talks will get going again on Sunday morning, but for now the deal has been scrapped.

Harden, 29, has posted a strong 30/10 K/BB ratio and 1.16 WHIP in 29 1/3 innings since making his 2011 debut in early July. He’s on a one-year contract, which is why the A’s have been motivated to move him.

  1. frankvzappa - Jul 31, 2011 at 4:11 AM

    No big deal. The way the Sox put up crooked numbers, they would still be winning ballgames if I was the one out on the mound. Although I do throw a mean eephus.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 31, 2011 at 6:46 AM

    I feel sorry for Lars Anderson. He was not going to play first base in Boston. Bedard and Francis are still available. KC does not need a first baseman, but perhaps there is a home for Anderson in Seattle.

    • quintjs - Jul 31, 2011 at 7:05 AM

      I wouldn’t. Now that teams know the Red Sox will trade him and were willing to trade him for a couple months of an often injured pitcher shows the Sox don’t really want to keep him badly.

      Anyone who is willing to part with a AA reliever with a touch of upside can have Anderson without too much trouble. The chances Anderson makes it through the next year with the Sox are basically 0.

      Though I wouldn’t think the list of teams willing to do that is that long.

  3. 78mu - Jul 31, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Maybe the RS were afraid Harden would go on the DL after his first appearance. It’s not like this guy is Warren Spahn.

  4. sawxalicious - Jul 31, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Why is it that I click on a story that says “Harden-to-Boston failed over medical records”, and there is not one mention of any medical record in the article? We all know this is likely the reason, but either back up the headline or just say “deal feel through.”

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