Harden to the Cubs? 

July, 7, 2008
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I'm fairly sure the plan for the A's this year was simple: Develop the young players, and hope Rich Harden's healthy enough to trade. But a funny thing happened on the way to the rebuilding project: The young players -- in particular, the young pitchers -- developed quicker than expected and Harden's plenty healthy enough to trade.

So at the same time the A's are actually contending, teams are casting covetous eyes toward Harden's great stuff and 2.34 ERA. Most notably, the Cubs seem eager to answer the Brewers' big deal. From today's Chicago Sun-Times:

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