Cubs get Rich Harden from Athletics!

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WOW- great news- Rich Harden is going to be a huge help in our pitching staff:

The Chicago Cubs acquired pitcher Rich Harden from the Oakland Athletics in a six-player trade yesterday, a day after the rival Milwaukee Brewers landed CC Sabathia.

The Cubs received the righthanded Harden and pitcher Chad Gaudin for pitcher Sean Gallagher, outfielders Matt Murton and Eric Patterson, and minor-league catcher Josh Donaldson.

"We've been working on Mr. Harden for a few weeks now," Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said.

Harden, eligible to be a free agent after the 2009 season, is 5-1 with a 2.34 ERA in 13 starts this season. He's scheduled to earn $4.75 million this season.

The oft-injured Harden missed a month earlier this season because of a right shoulder strain. It was his sixth trip to the disabled list in his six-year career. The Cubs said they expected Harden would join the team today and that he'll pitch either Friday or Saturday night at Wrigley Field against the Giants.

"This gives us another weapon," manager Lou Piniella said. "He'll fit in here really nice. Let's keep him healthy and pitching and go from there."

Piniella said the trade should send a message to Cubs fans. "This shows the Cubs are going to do everything in their power to get where we want to go."

From AP News

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