Reports surfaced earlier in the day that a trade between the A’s and Red Sox was imminent, sending Harden to Boston in exchange for 23 year-old first base prospect Lars Anderson and a player to be named later.
The deal seemed to be a perfect fit for both teams.
The Red Sox would be acquiring a pitcher with the capability to be a true difference maker when healthy and the A’s were acquiring a young corner infielder capable of stepping in where Daric Barton and Chris Carter fell short.
Both teams were dealing from a position of strength. The A's have Josh Outman and Tyson Ross ready to step into the rotation in place of Harden and Lars Anderson is blocked in Boston by probable-MVP Adrian Gonzalez.
Following the game, though, Harden spoke with reporters following the game regarding the trade speculation.
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