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According to ESPN.com,a trade that had been in the works to send right-hander Rich Harden from the Oakland Athletics to the Boston Red Sox has reportedly fallen through.
Harden said Saturday night he was told by general manager Billy Beane he was staying put and would start Tuesday. The clubs had been close to a swap that would have sent Harden to Beantown and brought Triple-A first baseman Lars Anderson to the A's.
"I just spoke with Billy and he says I'm an 'A' and I'm starting on Tuesday in Seattle," Harden told reporters. "It's definitely a strange position to be in, but from what I hear I'm here and I'm staying here. I'm happy to be an 'A'. ... It's definitely a strange position to be in."
The Red Sox looked set to land A's starter Rich Harden before the trade deadline but the deal fell through late Saturday, writes Gordon Edes. Blog
Citing an MLB source, The Boston Globe reported the Red Sox pulled out of the deal because of Harden's medical history. The Red Sox reviewed his records and concluded he likely wouldn't be able to pitch injury-free through the end of the season, the report said.