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harden trade update

Posted in baseball, Sports with tags , , , , on July 27, 2008 by AccountKiller

Remember the young catcher, Josh Donaldson, who I remarked could be a gem in the Rich Harden deal? Well, small sample size aside, he’s been absolutely raking in High-A Stockton of the CAL. All he’s done over there is hit .362/.429/.638/1.077 with 5 HRs and 8 walks versus 13 strikeouts in 58 ABs.

Even though Rich Harden has been mowing down batters in the NL, Billy Beane may have done it again. Stay tuned.

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Posted in baseball, Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 8, 2008 by AccountKiller

The Chicago Cubs recently acquired Rich Harden and Chad Gaudin from the Oakland Athletics. This is quite the coup for the Cubs, acquiring Harden who is just 26 years old, and has a $7 million dollar club option for ’09. However, Harden is oft-injured and already spent time on the shelf this year and is reportedly experiencing dead arm and decreased velocity lately.

My prediction? While it’s unlikely this will backfire on the clubs, it probably won’t help them this year when Harden finds himself hurt yet again. However, it must be noted that the Cubs didn’t trade any player that they may really regret giving up. Matt Murton is serviceable, but not an outstanding player. Sean Gallagher is alright, but nothing special. Eric Patterson has a nice combination of power and speed for an infielder, but he is probably behind where the Cubs had hoped he’d be development wise at 25 years old.

The only real intriguing prospect the Cubs gave up, in my opinion, is their young catcher Josh Donaldson. Drafted in the 1st round in 2007, Donaldson had a phenomenal showing at the Cubs low Single-A affiliate Boise last year, where he led the Northwest League in OBP. That is likely what caught Beane’s eye, along with the scarce and important position he plays, but Josh has been struggling in Single-A Peoria this year where he’s shown very little competence at the plate. However the talent is there, and he should hit for both power and average with some more development. He also has a good release from behind the plate, so he should be able to stay at catcher as long as he improves upon his receiving skills.

So with the MLB Hot Stove heating up, who is next? The St Louis Cardinals find themselves only 3.5 games behind the Cubbies in the NL Central, and leading the NL Wild Card, so you’ve got to think their front office is working overtime now.