Rich Harden Trade: Rich Harden Isn't Traded?

Boston Red Sox prospect Lars Anderson was pulled from his start in Pawtucket, and the scuttlebutt was that he was going to the Oakland A's for right-handed pitcher Rich Harden. This wild rumor was irresponsibly parroted by disreputable sources like MLB.com:

BREAKING: Red Sox acquire RHP Rich Harden from A's for 1B prospect Lars Anderson and a player to be named later … http://atmlb.com/o21lv3

Shameful, shameful rumormongers. Turns out that Harden isn't being traded at all. At least, he doesn't think so:

Harden: "I'm here and staying here."

Oh. And from Susan Slusser, another indication that Harden is staying:

Harden deal still being finalized.

Wait, sorry. That was from 40 minutes ago. I meant to link to this one from 20 minutes ago.

Harden says he's staying. "I'm happy to be part of this organization. I'm looking forward to starting Tuesday."

As interesting a non-trade as you'll ever see. It's almost funny until you realize that Lars Anderson is alone at a bus depot, with everything he owns in one duffel bag. Right about now, he's probably fumbling with a cell phone that's got a dead battery.

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