|My thoughts are this: the A's knew that the Cubs were desperate for starting pitching, so they should have fleeced them for everything they had.
The A's had a club option on Harden for 2009, so it was not like he was going to leave this offseason for nothing. I thought Gaudin was a decent player as well, definitely a major leaguer.
1. Sean Gallagher- OK pitcher, but I don't think he has the potential to ever be a #1 starter. Maybe a #3
2. Eric Patterson - I like this kid, but I don't see him as a 2B. His defense is shaky, and we have a solid 2B in Marky Mark, who I think the A's can lock up long term for a good price. I see Patterson eventually being a CF due to his speed.
3. Matt Murton - Another "OK" player. Not much power, does walk and is patient. But I'm tired of those type of hitters. The A's needed someone to swing the bat.
4. Josh Donaldson - The court is out on this one.
What really gets me is how the A's could not get Josh Vitters included in the deal.
With continuing injuries to Chavez, and his contract coming up in a couple years, they should have got the young 3B in this deal. I would have thought it to be reasonable if we gave up Harden for Gallagher, Patterson/Murton, & Vitters. That would have made me somewhat content. I knew Harden had to go eventually, as much as I liked him. I would really like to see the A's get rid of Blanton and possibly Street.
We need some better hitters in the minors! Someone who will actually swing the gosh durned bat with runners in scoring position.