I guess it makes sense that you can’t get a #3 overall pick with a massive ceiling who’s still like 19 years old for a pitcher who’s one throw away from launching his right arm into the stands, but still. Mr. Harden was an absolute joy to watch — when he was on the mound, which unfortunately wasn’t all that often — and he will certainly be missed in Oakland.
But realistically, if he goes down one more time, Billy Beane and the A’s would never get anything for him, and in this case they got three ML-ready players and a second-round pick from last year, which ain’t too bad. It’s not ideal but it is what it is, and you gotta figure Harden’s just not going to make a full season. He was complaining of a “dead arm” a couple starts ago, so maybe this is sell-high time.
In other news, A-Rod’s divorce has been a boon for this blog. Sorry, buddy. Hope you get to keep the house.