Fantasy Baseball Effects of Rich Harden, Cubs Trade

Jonathan Bentz@jonathanbentzAnalyst IJuly 9, 2008

In a move that seems to be in direct response to the Brewers’ acquisition of C.C. Sabathia, the Chicago Cubs acquired Oakland Athletics ace Rich Harden in a trade Tuesday evening.

Harden was the crown jewel of a six-player deal between the two teams. Starter Chad Gaudin also goes to the Cubs, while right-handed spot starter Sean Gallagher, outfielders Matt Murton and Eric Patterson, and minor leaguer Josh Donaldson will become members of the Athletics.

On the year, Harden is 5-1 with a 2.34 ERA, 92 strikeouts, and a 1.14 WHIP in 77 innings of work. Harden’s injury history is well-documented and always a frustration, but he is a must-start pitcher when healthy. The guy averages 7 strikeouts per start!

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