The Oakland Athletics know the time to trade Rich Harden is now

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trade Rumors by chinmusic on Wednesday 18 June 2008 at 11:02 am

The Oakland A’s are keeping their fingers crossed that they can trade righty starting pitcher Rich Harden before he breaks down again, and let’s face it…..it’s only a matter of time. The Philadelphia Phillies look like a perfect trading partner for the A’s because they could use a starting pitcher and a lefty reliever (Alan Embree). So here it goes, the A’s would send Rich Harden and Alan Embree to the Phillies for 2B Adrian Cardenas, SS Jason Donald, 3B Travis Mattair and righty reliever Joe Bisenius. The major league team would miss both Harden (4-0, 2.53 ERA, 1.18 WHIP) and Alan Embree (1-2, 3.86 ERA, 1.29 WHIP) but the upside of the rest of the trade is way too good to pass up. Cardenas is the #2 prospect in the Phillies’ entire minor league system according to Baseball America’s Prospect Handbook but his future in Philly is blocked by Chase Utley. The 20-year old lefty swinging Cardenas has played in 45 games in A-Ball this season and he is 56 for 173 (.324 avg, .892 OPS) with 31 runs scored, 4 homers, 15 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Jason Donald is a 23-year old shortstop with a good eye in the minors which fits into the A’s style of offense. The righty swinging Donald has played in 55 games in AA-ball this season and he is 63 for 211 (.299 avg, .862 OPS) with 31 runs scored, 6 homers, 30 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. Travis Mattair had a big upside but he’s a raw prospect right now. The 19-year old righty swinging Mattair has layed in 63 games in A-ball this year and he is 54 for 220 (.245 avg, .620 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 1 homer, 27 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. 25-year old righty reliever Joe Bisenius has had control issues this season walking 16 batters in only 24.1 innings between AA+AAA this year. He has pitched in 18 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA ball this season and he is 0-2 with a 3.70 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. This is the kind of trade that would really help both teams as it would give the Phillies what they need to win now. Plus, the A’s would get quality infield prospects that could really help in possible positions of need down the road.

5 Comments »

  1. Comment by Phil — June 19, 2008 @ 11:54 am

    How true is this? I’m a Phillies fan and someone just mentioned this to me. I wish we were both the GM’s because I’d do this in a heart beat.

  2. Comment by chinmusic — June 19, 2008 @ 6:06 pm

    It’s just a suggestion as it seems to fit both teams needs. The Phillies can bump Adam Eaton to the bullpen and Embree would give them a second lefty in the pen. The A’s would get young infielders for the future to replace Ellis, Crosby and Chavez. It makes perfect sense to me and I know Billy Beane would make this trade.

  3. Comment by Phil — June 19, 2008 @ 10:24 pm

    I’d bump Myers to the pen. Eaton is having a good year and Myers isn’t. Billy Beane and Pat Gillick need to have a luncheon when the Phillies come out to Oakland in a couple of weeks.

  4. Comment by chinmusic — June 30, 2008 @ 9:19 pm

    That’s a good point about Myers Phil. I read that the Phillies want to put him back in the bullpen where he pitched so well last season. Beane & Gillick should do lunch before Rich Harden blows a gasket like he always does.

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