The Oakland Athletics were working Saturday night to finalize a trade that would send right-hander Rich Harden to the Boston Red Sox for Triple-A first baseman Lars Anderson and a player to be named, a source said.
A report late Saturday said the trade had fallen through, though neither team confirmed the report.
“I’ve heard the story, but I have nothing to report,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said after his team’s 10-2 win over the White Sox in Chicago on Saturday.
The Red Sox reportedly were interested in Seattle’s Erik Bedard, but if they get Harden, that may kill any deal between the Mariners and Boston.
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The oft-injured Harden is 2-1 with a 4.30 ERA in five starts since coming off the 60-day disabled on July 1. He could help bolster the Red Sox rotation with Clay Buchholz on the disabled list.
The 29-year-old Harden has been eager to prove himself again after so many injury-shortened seasons, including missing the first three months of this season with an injury behind his pitching shoulder. When healthy, he can be as dominant as many of baseball’s top pitchers — but that has been his biggest problem in recent years.
Harden received a $1.5 million, one-year contract to rejoin Oakland, the team that drafted him in the 17th round in 2000. Last season, Harden went 5-5 with a 5.58 ERA in 20 appearances and 18 starts for the Texas Rangers while he struggled with injuries and control. After beginning the 2010 season as the Rangers’ No. 2 starter, he walked 62 batters in 92 innings.
Harden spent two stints on the disabled list in 2010, first from June 12-July 30 with a strained left gluteal muscle and later with right shoulder tendinitis. Texas released him after the regular season.
Harden went 1-2 with a 2.45 ERA in only 252/3 innings in 2007 because of an inflamed right shoulder, and didn’t pitch after July 7 that year.
He threw two simulated games late in the season with the hopes of making two final starts, but ultimately decided it wasn’t worth risking further injury.
Harden gave up three hits and two runs over six innings in a start against the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday, when he retired the first nine batters and didn’t allow a hit until Ben Zobrist’s leadoff single in the fifth.
Anderson was hitting .261 with 10 homers and 57 RBI for Triple-A Pawtcuket in 376 at-bats.
JIMENEZ TO INDIANS
Rockies right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez said he was traded to Cleveland, shortly after he pitched one inning for Colorado at San Diego. The Rockies confirmed they will get three minor leaguers and a player to be named.
“Everybody knew it, even me,” said Jimenez, an All-Star in 2010.
The Indians, meanwhile, scratched top pitching prospect, Drew Pomeranz, from his scheduled start at Double-A Akron
Texas acquired right-hander Koji Uehara from Baltimore, sending right-hander Tommy Hunter and infielder Chris Davis to the Orioles. The Rangers also receive cash. … Infielder Orlando Cabrera was traded from Cleveland to San Francisco for Triple-A outfielder Thomas Neal. … Dodgers right-hander Hiroki Kuroda told his agent to inform general manager Ned Colletti that he won’t accept a trade to any team, ending weeks of speculation that Kuroda was on the verge of being dealt. ... Baltimore traded first baseman Derrek Lee to Pittsburgh for minor-league first baseman Aaron Baker.