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A's get four prospects for Harden, Gaudin
07/08/2008 8:01 PM ET
OAKLAND -- After days of trade talks circling the A's clubhouse, Oakland made a deal official on Tuesday by announcing the trade of pitchers Rich Harden and Chad Gaudin to the Chicago Cubs in a six-player deal.

Harden, the centerpiece of the transaction, has posted All-Star numbers in the first half of the season, with a 5-1 record and a 2.34 ERA in 13 starts. The right-hander heard the news around 3 p.m. PT and has already been in touch with Chicago general manager Jim Hendry.

"I had heard talk about it, but it's still always a surprise," Harden said just minutes after learning of the move. "It's a bit of a shock. But they're a good team, and they have a chance of doing something special."

In return for Harden and Gaudin, who is 5-3 with a 3.59 ERA in 26 games (six starts), Oakland received right-handed pitcher Sean Gallagher, catcher Josh Donaldson, infielder Eric Patterson and outfielder Matt Murton.

The 26-year-old Harden leaves the A's with a 36-19 career record over a span of five-plus seasons. Gaudin, 26, was in his third season with Oakland. Both will be with the Cubs by Wednesday, but it is not known when Harden will make his first start in a Chicago uniform.

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