Rich Harden Becomes Main Target for the Chicago Cubs Now that Sabathia is Gone

Bryan CoxContributor IJuly 7, 2008

Now that the Milwaukee Brewers have made a huge splash in the MLB trade market with their addition of C.C. Sabathia, it's time for other teams to make moves as a reaction. 

The Brewers have the right idea. They made the deal as soon as possible.  Sabathia will have at least three or four starts before the trade deadline passes. 

The Cubs, who were rumored to be interested in Sabathia, now need to move on to plan B.  That means Rich Harden or A.J. Burnett, the best option being Harden but the cheaper option being Burnett. 

The Cubs have been in talks with the A's for almost a month and no deal has been done. The price for Harden could be the same as the deal done by the A's and Diamondbacks for Dan Haren.  That deal included five prospects including major league ready arms as well as two top 50 prospects. 

Despite some reports, the Cubs have the players to get a deal done. It will basically be a matter of time. 

The choice is easy. Harden should be the player the Cubs welcome into Wrigley Field before the July 31st trade deadline, but Billy Beane is notorious for driving up the price of his ball players. 

In reality, Harden is a good, not great pitcher who has amazing "stuff", but has never lived up to his full potential. The Cubs need to think about the fact that Harden has has injury problems, and trading for him could mean mortgaging the future. 

Cubs' fans and Cubs' officials need to realize that winning this year needs to be the biggest goal. The weeks leading up to the trade deadline should be interesting to say the least.