Wow. Oakland got a bag of beans. I don't get it.
Murton is exactly the kind of guy one might think Beane has a fetish for-good on base skills, gap power and an excellent defender.
I think it'll be interesting to see where Patterson plays-if second eventually, he'll be a defensive downgrade vs Ellis.
But that's two guys coming back that figure to be solid regulars for the As.
Gallagher projects to be something like a league average starter for Oakland maybe even more in an environment that suppresses HRs.
Donaldson projects to be a regular catcher with some plus offense. Catchers are lottery tickets but it's hard to not like Donaldson.
Beane pulled off another nice trade as he continues to infuse the As with talent.
He gave up a year+ from a good starter but with Harden's injury history, it's possible Harden might not give the Cubs 30 starts. He also gave up a reliever.
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Sean Marshall isn't exactly a world beater but he isn't a bad pitcher. Given his flyball tendencies, Oakland is an ideal place for him to pitch.
Gallagher will be a solid middle-of-the-rotation starter for many years but I would have still held out for Josh Vitters or Jose Ceda to be in the package. Donaldson has a chance to be a decent hitting catcher but is currently struggling with a .625 OPS in the Midwest League (Low-A). I like Murton but I'm not sure he'll ever hit for enough power to play a corner outfield spot. Patterson is hitting well in AAA but like his brother he struggles to take a walk (only 12 in 203 atbats).
I miss Adam Dunn.
That went from rumor to confirmation in, like, 24 hours....
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Can the Cubs exercise Harden's option for next year?
Hmmm, seems like the A's could have gotten more.
I believe Harden has fared tremendously well in the Oakland grand canyon, er, Coliseum. Isnt' he mostly a fly ball pitcher though? To Wrigley?
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The Reds could/should have offered more than this for Harden. He's an unbelievable get.