12/14/2007 6:45 PM ET
A's trade RHP Dan Haren to Arizona in eight-player deal
RHP Connor Robertson also included in deal; A's receive six players from Diamondbacks
OAKLAND -- The Oakland A's today traded right-handed pitchers Dan Haren and Connor Robertson to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for left-handed pitchers Brett Anderson, Dana Eveland and Greg Smith, infielder Chris Carter and outfielders Aaron Cunningham and Carlos Gonzalez.
Haren was 15-9 with a 3.07 ERA in 34 starts for the A's last year. He had career highs in wins and strikeouts (192) and his ERA was the lowest of his career and third lowest in the American League. The 27-year old right-hander was originally acquired by the A's from St. Louis following the 2004 season and compiled a 43-34 record and a 3.64 ERA in 102 starts in three seasons with Oakland. Haren is 49-44 with a 3.82 ERA in 130 career appearances, 121 starts.
Robertson made his Major League debut with Oakland last year and posted an 18.00 ERA in three relief appearances before breaking his thumb. He spent the balance of the season at Triple-A Sacramento where he went 4-1 with two saves and a 4.35 ERA in 31 relief appearances. The 26-year old Robertson was originally drafted by the A's in the 31st round of the June, 2004 draft.
Anderson was the Diamondbacks second round selection in the 2006 First Year Player Draft but did not sign until Sept. 1 of that year. He made his professional debut in 2007 and combined for an 11-7 record and a 3.07 ERA in 23 starts for Single-A South Bend and Single-A Visalia. The 19-year-old right-hander struck out 125 and walked just 21 in 120.1 innings.
Carter spent the 2007 season at Single-A Kannapolis in the Chicago White Sox organization and hit .291 with 25 home runs and 93 RBI in 126 games. He was named to the South Atlantic League postseason All-Star team after finishing third in the league in home runs and tied for third in RBI. Originally drafted by the White Sox in the 15th round of the 2005 draft, the 20-year old right-handed hitting infielder was traded to Arizona for Carlos Quentin on Dec. 3, 2007.
Cunningham began the 2007 season in the White Sox organization before he was traded to the Diamondbacks on June 16. He combined to hit .308 with 16 home runs and 77 RBI in 127 games with Single-A Winston-Salem, Single-A Visalia and Double-A Mobile. The 21-year-old right-handed hitting outfielder was drafted by the White Sox in the sixth round of the 2005 draft and has a .304 career batting average in three seasons in the minors.
Eveland spent nearly three months of last season on the disabled list at Triple-A Tucson with a strained left middle finger but did make five appearances, including one start, over two stints with Arizona. He was 1-0 with a 14.40 ERA with the Diamondbacks and 1-0 with a 1.65 ERA in nine games, seven starts, with Tucson and Single-A Visalia. The 24-year old left-hander pitched for Milwaukee in 2005 and 2006 and is 2-4 with a 7.55 ERA in 41 career appearances, six starts, in his Major League career.
Gonzalez spent most of the 2007 season at Double-A Mobile where he batted .286 with 16 home runs and 75 RBI in 120 games. He tied for the Southern League lead in doubles (33) and extra base hits (52) and earned a late season promotion to Triple-A Tucson where he batted .310 with a home run and 11 RBI in 10 games. The 22-year old native of Venezuela is a .286 career hitter with 74 home runs and 354 RBI in 540 games in five seasons in the Minor Leagues.
Smith split last season between Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Tucson and combined at both stops for a 9-5 record and a 3.54 ERA in 22 games, all starts. He was 14-4 with a 2.55 ERA in 24 starts in 2006, including a perfect 9-0 record and a 1.63 ERA in 13 starts with Single-A Lancaster. The 23-year old left-hander was originally drafted by Arizona in the sixth round of the 2005 draft and has a career record of 31-14 with a 3.27 ERA in 62 appearances, 60 starts, over three professional seasons.
Eveland and Gonzalez were added to the A's 40-man roster, which now stands at 40.