CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today acquired right-handed pitchers Rich Harden and Chad Gaudin from the…
A's Deal Harden, Gaudin For Four Cubs
Harden was considered one of the prizes of the trade deadline. The uber-talented right-hander has missed most of the past three years with injuries, but he has been relatively healthy this season. In 13 starts this year, he is 5-1 with a 2.34 ERA and 92 strike-outs in 77 innings.
Gaudin began the year in the A's rotation, but he had been pitching out of the bullpen since May. He was 5-3 with a 3.59 ERA and 44 strike-outs in 58.2 innings. The Cubs will be Gaudin's fourth team. He played for Tampa Bay and Toronto before coming to Oakland. Harden has been with the A's for his entire career.
Gallagher is 3-4 with a 4.45 ERA and 49 strike-outs in 58.2 innings for Chicago this season. He is in his first full season in the big leagues after making eight appearances for the Cubs in 2007. He was 2-2 with a 3.10 ERA in five starts for Triple-A Iowa earlier in the year.
Patterson, the younger brother of the Reds' Corey Patterson, is a second baseman who can also play the outfield. He has spent most of the season at Triple-A Iowa, where he was hitting .320 with six homers, 11 stolen bases and a 875 OPS in 52 games for the I-Cubs. He has appeared in 13 games with Chicago this season, and is batting .237 with a homer at the big league level. Patterson is a left-handed hitter.
Murton has been up-and-down between Chicago and Triple-A Iowa for the past three seasons. Acquired with Nomar Garciaparra in 2004, Murton was batting .298 with one homer and a 780 OPS at Triple-A this season. In 19 big league games, he was hitting .250 with six RBIs. Last season, he hit .331 with six homers in 39 games at Triple-A and .281 with eight homers and a 791 OPS in 94 games for the Cubs.
Donaldson is the only one of the four who doesn't have major league experience. The catcher is with Low-A Peoria and he is currently hitting .217 with six homeruns in 63 games in the Midwest League. He is a right-handed hitting catcher out of Auburn University. He was the 48th overall pick in the 2007 draft by the Cubs.
Gallagher, Murton and Patterson are being added to the A's 40-man roster.
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