SI.com is reporting that the Twins were rewarded the claim on Cubs pitcher Rich Harden while the Giants won the claim on Aaron Heilman. Harden has been the best Cubs pitcher since the All-Star break, going 3-1 with a 1.80 ERA in 8 starts. Harden, who is making 7 million dollars this season, is a free agent following this season. It would be hard for the Cubs to receive much in return for Harden, especially if it is for just the final month of the season.
However, holding onto Harden and offering him arbitration, the Cubs will receive two high draft picks in the 2010 draft. They have until Monday to move him.
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Heilman could very well end up with the Giants. Heilman owns a 4.55 ERA this season, posting a 5.17 ERA since the All-Star break. With rosters expanding next week and Cubs manager Lou Piniella all but conceding the season, the Cubs could let him walk for a PTBNL and let some of their younger pitchers like Justin Berg or Jeff Stevens get some experience in the majors.