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07/08/2008 6:42 PM ET
A's and Cubs complete six-player trade
Harden and Gaudin sent to Chicago; A's acquire Donaldson, Gallagher, Murton and Patterson
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OAKLAND -- The Oakland A's today traded right-handed pitchers Rich Harden and Chad Gaudin to the Chicago Cubs for right-handed pitcher Sean Gallagher, catcher Josh Donaldson, infielder Eric Patterson and outfielder Matt Murton. The A's have also recalled left-handed pitcher Dallas Braden from Triple-A Sacramento and transferred Mike Sweeney to the 60-day disabled list.

Gallagher began the season at Triple-A Iowa and was 2-2 with a 3.10 ERA in five starts before he was promoted to Chicago on May 3. He was 3-4 with a 4.45 ERA in 12 games, 10 starts, with the Cubs this year after posting an 8.59 ERA in eight relief appearances in his Major League debut last year. The 22-year old right-hander was originally drafted by the Cubs in the 12th round of the 2004 draft out of St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Florida. He has compiled a 38-17 record, a 2.77 ERA and 482 strikeouts in 481.0 innings in 89 career minor league appearances, 88 starts. Gallagher, who was named the Cubs' number five prospect by Baseball America prior to the 2008 season, will join the A's in Oakland.

Donaldson was the Cubs' second round pick in the 2007 draft and was batting .217 with six home runs and 23 RBI in 63 games with Single-A Peoria in the Midwest League. He hit .335 with nine home runs and 35 RBI in 53 games in his professional debut last year. The 22-year old catcher was named the Cubs' number seven prospect by Baseball America prior to the 2008 season.

Patterson was batting .237 with one home run and seven RBI in 13 games over three stints with Chicago this year. He also has a .320 average with six home runs, 28 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 52 games with Iowa. The 25-year old has played second base and outfield in his professional career and was originally the Cubs' eighth round pick in the 2004 draft. Patterson owns a .301 career average in the minors with 124 stolen bases in 437 games. He will be added to the A's 40-man roster.

Murton was batting .250 with no home runs and six RBI in 19 games in two stints with Chicago. He also has a .298 average with a home run and 15 RBI in 54 games with Triple-A Iowa. The 26-year old outfielder was originally drafted by Boston as a compensation pick following the first round of the 2003 draft and was traded to the Cubs in the Nomar Garciaparra trade on July 31, 2004. Murton made his Major League debut with the Cubs in 2005 and is a .294 career hitter in 308 games in the majors. He will be added to the A's 40-man roster.

Harden was 5-1 with a 2.34 ERA in 13 starts for Oakland this year. He won each of his first five decisions before taking the loss in his last start Sunday at Chicago. The 26-year old right-hander made two starts this year before going on the disabled list for the sixth time over the last four years. He went 4-1 with a 2.59 ERA in 11 starts following his return from the DL. Harden leaves the A's with a 36-19 career record and a 3.42 ERA in 97 games, 89 starts. He has appeared in just 29 games over the last three seasons and 51 games over the last four years.

Gaudin was 5-3 with a 3.59 ERA in 26 games, six starts, for Oakland. He began the season in the starting rotation and went 3-2 with a 3.75 ERA in six starts. The 25-year old right-hander moved to the bullpen on May 9 prior to Harden's return to the rotation and was 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA in 20 relief appearances. Gaudin has a career record of 24-23 with a 4.33 ERA in 161 games, 50 starts.

Braden joins the A's for the fourth time this year and is 1-0 with a 4.85 ERA in seven relief appearances. He was last with the A's from May 19 to June 7 and went 3-1 with a 2.51 ERA in six games, five starts, at Sacramento following his option on June 8. Braden is 3-1 with a 2.36 ERA in 11 games, nine starts, overall with the River Cats.
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