Well, the question is, who got the better deal between the Cubs getting Rich Harden (and Chad Gaudin) from the Athletics and the Brewers getting C.C. Sabathia (and no one else) from the Indians. Well, if you want to be technical, we don't know who got the better deal. Maybe I should rephrase the question to say, who will have the better deal. I'll make a couple of predictions and scenarios here.
Now, I believe that the Brewers will have the better deal getting Sabathia to come play for them. He is a proven winner (defending AL Cy Young Award winner), he played on a winning team (see '07 Indians), and he is a gamer. Take a look at CC's stats, he went 19-7 last year w/ an ERA of 3.21. He struck out 209 and walked 37. He's already 2 over that walk total, but no need to worry. This year (if you combine his start w/ the Brewers), he is 7-8 with an ERA of 3.79. He has struck out 128 and walked 39. Sabathia's 2006 was a great year also. This guy is for real. The Brewers have definitely the best 1-2 punch in the NL w/ Sheets and Sabathia. (I have changed my mind)
CC - Have the Brewers struck gold?
As for Rich Harden, his most complete year was his 2nd year w/ Oakland, where he went 11-7 w/ a 3.99 ERA. He struck out 167 and walked 81. Yikes. A great deal? Sean Gallagher gone? I don't know, we'll see. His last two years have been injury filled. They have been great years when not injured. So far this year, he is 5-1 w/ an ERA of 2.34, he has struck out 92 and walked 31 (already, with 6 fewer starts). This is a wait and see thing, but I wouldn't get too excited w/ the Mark Prior of the AL in Rich Harden.
Will the Cubs get all they want out of Harden?