Hendry answers Brewers with Rich Harden

Even though Jim Hendry denies it, trading for Rich Harden clearly serves the purpose of an answer to the Brewers getting CC Sabathia for the stretch run. The fans are invigorated, the team seems charged by the news, the beat writers are all over it. Not since the Cubs acquisition of Nomar Garciaparra has there been such excitement over a mid-season trade. Fun stuff.

In giving up Sean Gallagher, it figures the Cubs had to give to get. He will probably be a good pitcher for years to come, but sure worth the gamble to get 15 starts out of Harden. When the Cubs got Rick Sutcliffe in 1984 they had to give up Joe Carter and Mel Hall, a hefty price to pay. At least as of today, the Harden trade doesn’t look all that balanced. Eric Patterson has certainly showed flashes, but there really was no room for him in the Cubs infield plans. He was a butcher in the outfield so certainly worth letting go of. Matt Murton is a good role-player, but again no room for him on this Cubs team. Hendry made the statement that everyone wanted to hear: The Chicago Cubs are going for it all this year.

Soon enough, a headline somewhere is going to read “Cubs start Harden, finish with Wood”. And really, what’s not to like about that?

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    July 9, 2008   Posted in: Hot Stove, Jim Hendry, players, roster

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