December 29, 2006

What it would take for Harden or Haren

Bob Klapisch at North Jersey, writes about the option of trading for one of the A's young guns:

The options are limited, unless you're intrigued by free agent Jeff Weaver, who already failed once in New York, or a trade for Javier Vazquez (ditto) or think it's worth being fleeced by Billy Beane just to pry Rich Harden away from the A's.
Minaya has been sweet-talking Beane in recent weeks. Give him credit for at least trying. The two spoke 10 days ago, when Minaya again tried to persuade the A's to take Aaron Heilman and Lastings Milledge for Harden. Beane wouldn't budge. By telephone Thursday, the GM said, "We have some personnel here that would be difficult for us to consider moving." In not so many words, Beane told the Mets it would take Milledge, Philip Humber or Mike Pelfrey and Carlos Gomez, a 20-year-old can't-miss prospect, to complete a deal for Harden or even Dan Haren.

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