With Harden gone, who's next?

I think everyone was a little surprised by the deal that went down yesterday, and I'm pretty sure the Phillies were too. Rich Harden has great stuff, as anyone who watched him dominate the Phillies a couple weeks ago in Oakland will attest. The Cubs just got better, as long as Harden remains healthy. I think the health concern is a reason why the Phillies weren't really in play, but regardless of the team's interest in Harden, the pool of potential starters just got smaller, which means every team who is looking for pitching is drawing from a smaller pool. Mike Arbuckle, the Phillies' assistant GM and scouting guru, spoke with reporters yesterday and said there are still a couple of pitchers out there that the team would have interest in trading for. One thing they aren't going to do is make a deal just for the sake of making a deal.

Here's Sam Donnellon's column on the matter. . .

Whatever ends up happening, the Phillies arent going to win any games if they score zero runs, unless they find a starter who is capable of posting a negative ERA. And I don't think the Rules of Baseball allow for such a thing.

Last night the bats were silent. For the first time, the team seems genuinely frustrated with its offensive performance.

J.A. Happ gets the start tonight.

Unlike CC Sabathia, he uses periods in between his initials.