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A's Exec Farhan Zaidi On The A's/Cubs Swap

Sean Gallagher: Dan Haren part deux?

A day after the Oakland A's made a big swap with the Chicago Cubs, dealing away Rich Harden and Chad Gaudin for a package of four young players, we caught-up with Oakland A's Manager of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi to discuss the deal. He tells us how the deal came together, what the A's like about the four players they got and whether he thinks the team can still compete for the playoffs.

OaklandClubhouse: I wanted to get your thoughts on the entire trade. I had read that the Cubs had been talking to you guys about Rich Harden for some time. Was it a trade that was being worked on for awhile or did it come together all at once? Farhan Zaidi: The key of the deal from our perspective was getting Sean Gallagher back. We had had discussions with them on and off about Rich for a... Recommended Stories

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