Report: Red Sox Acquire Rich Harden From Oakland for Lars Anderson, Player to Be Named Later

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July 30, 2011

While the Indians were busy landing Ubaldo Jimenez, the Red Sox were shoring up their rotation as well. The Sox and Oakland Athletics have reportedly agreed to a trade that will net the Sox starter Rich Harden.

The Sox will send first baseman Lars Anderson and a player to be named later to Oakland as part of the deal, according to ESPN's Jayson Stark.

Harden is 2-1 with a 4.30 ERA in five starts this season. The 29-year-old has battled injuries throughout his career, but has proved to be a solid major league pitcher when healthy. He is 57-35 with a 3.65 ERA in 160 games (150 starts) over the course of nine major league seasons.

Harden was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 17th round of the 2000 MLB draft. He was traded to the Chicago Cubs in July of 2008, and later signed with the Texas Rangers as a free agent in 2009 before returning to Oakland prior to this season.

Anderson was drafted in the 18th round of the 2006 MLB draft. He's spent much of the past two seasons with Triple-A Pawtucket.

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