A's Deal Haren In Big Swap With D-Backs

After many rumors, the Oakland A's pulled the trigger on a big trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks, dealing right-handers Dan Haren and Connor Robertson for six prospects, including top outfield prospect Carlos Gonzalez and top left-handed pitching prospect Brett Anderson.

After a month of speculation, the Oakland A's made a dramatic move on Friday, dealing ace Dan Haren and reliever Connor Robertson to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a package of talented minor leaguers.

The A's are receiving six players in the deal, including top prospects Carlos Gonzalez and Brett Anderson. Oakland also receives outfielder Aaron Cunningham and first baseman Chris Carter (both of whom were acquired by Arizona over the past few months in trades with the Chicago White Sox), and pitchers Dana Eveland and Greg Smith.

Eveland is the only player that the A's received to have appeared in a major league game. He made 27 relief appearances for Milwaukee in 2005, posting a 5.97 ERA and nine appearances (five starts) for the Brewers in 2006, posting an 8.13 ERA. He made five appearances (one start) for Arizona in 2007, posting a 14.40 ERA. In five minor league seasons, Eveland has a 2.61 ERA in 413.3 innings.

Gonzalez is the highest rated prospect in this group. The five-tool outfielder was the Diamondbacks' top prospect before the trade, according to Scout.com's FutureBacks.com. Gonzalez spent most of the 2007 season with Double-A Mobile, where he hit .286 with 16 homers and an 806 OPS in 120 games. He made a late season appearance with Triple-A Tucson, where he hit .310 with an 896 OPS in 42 at-bats. He is currently playing for Zulia of the VWL and is batting .266 with a 733 OPS in 143 at-bats. The 22-year-old Venezuelan native appeared in the Futures Game in each of the past two seasons.

Anderson is another highly touted prospect in this group. The left-handed starter dominated the Midwest League in 2007, going 8-4 with a 2.21 ERA in 14 starts before being promoted to High-A. He had a 4.85 ERA in nine starts in the California League before his season ended after sustaining injuries in a car accident. He struck out 125 and walked only 21 in 120.1 innings in 2007. Anderson, who was born in Midland, Texas, won't turn 20 until February.

Cunningham was traded for the second time in the past six months. The outfielder began the year with the Chicago White Sox chain and was dealt to Arizona mid-season. He spent the first two-thirds of the season in High-A and the final six weeks in Double-A. In total, Cunningham hit .308 with 16 homers, 28 stolen bases and an 885 OPS in 2007. He hit .267 with a 745 OPS at the Arizona Fall League. Like Gonzalez, Cunningham has a good combination of power and speed. He will be 22 in April.

Carter was traded for the second time in the past few weeks, having recently been dealt to Arizona from the White Sox organization for Carlos Quentin. Carter, a first baseman, spent all of last season in Low-A, where he hit .291 with 25 homers and 93 RBI. He had a 906 OPS and was named to the South Atlantic League All-Star team. He will turn 21 in December.

Smith, a left-handed starter, split the 2007 season between Double-A and Triple-A. He went 9-5 with a 3.54 ERA in 22 starts, including three complete games. He walked only 32 in 122 innings. Smith recently competed in the Arizona Fall League, where he had a 2.61 ERA in 20.2 innings.

The A's, of course, are giving up a big prize for these prospects. Haren was the A's top starter in 2007 and one of the best starters in the American League. The right-hander was acquired by Oakland in December 2004 in the Mark Mulder deal with St. Louis. Haren won 43 games in three seasons with the A's and he had a 3.64 ERA. He went 15-9 with a 3.07 ERA and made all 34 of his scheduled starts. Haren also started in the All-Star game in San Francisco.

Robertson is coming off of an injury plagued 2007 season, but he is a solid relief prospect. The right-hander has been a strike out machine throughout his career, despite not having over-powering stuff. He has 311 strike outs in 234.1 career minor league innings. He made his major league debut in 2007, allowing four runs in two innings. He broke his thumb in his third major league outing and missed more than two months. Robertson missed the PCL playoffs with Sacramento with a calf strain, as well. He had a 4.35 ERA in 39.1 innings for the River Cats in 2007.

Stay tuned later this weekend for more detailed scouting reports on all of the prospects the A's received in this deal...

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