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Red Sox Trade for Rich Harden “Called Off”

Rich Harden

UPDATE (3:00 a.m., Sunday): The deal for the oft-injured Rich Harden is reportedly off. According to the Boston Globe, Red Sox officials reviewed Harden’s medical records and came to the conclusion he would not be able to get through the rest of the major league season.

“I’m here and staying here,” Harden told reporters in Oakland Saturday night. “I’m happy to be part of this organization. I’m looking forward to starting Tuesday.”

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(our earlier report is below…)

After losing out on Ubaldo Jimenez to the Indians, the Red Sox have reportedly turned to Rich Harden at the trade deadline to bolster their injury-plagued rotation.

According to multiple sources, the Red Sox have nearly completed a trade that will net them the Oakland Athletics right hander. The Boston Herald is reporting that in the exchange package, Pawtucket first basemen Lars Anderson will be the centerpiece.

Harden’s pitching prowess is unquestionable, but throughout his career, the 29-year old has consistently been hampered by injuries. This year, Harden has only started five games, after spending the first three months of the season on the DL. In those five starts, Harden is 2-1 with a 4.30 ERA and 30 strikeouts. In his last three outings against the strong lineups of the Angels, Yankees, and Rays, Harden has only surrendered 7 runs over 18-and-a-third innings.

In his eight-year career, Harden is 57-35 with a 3.65 ERA and 888 strikeouts.

In Anderson, the Sox will be parting ways with a once-blue chip prospect who has failed to live up to expectations in his young career. He has hit well for the Pawsox in 2011, though, batting .261 with 10 home runs and 57 RBI, but with Adrian Gonzalez manning first base for the next six years, Anderson is expendable.

The deal has not been announced by either club, but CBSSports.com is reporting that the trade is for all intents and purposes a done deal. With tomorrow’s 4 PM trade deadline looming, there will certainly be more to come in the next 18 hours or so.

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