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Should the Twins trade for Rich Harden?

Aug 31, 2009, 10:50 AM EDT

There are reports that Minnesota is not willing to pay the price on their waiver claim of Rich Harden, but Phil Rogers of the Tribune says that “Twins general manager Bill Smith is going to wake up Monday, consider how catchable the Detroit Tigers remain and pay the price.”

I dunno. The Twins are 4.5 games out.  Harden will get, what, 4-5 more starts in the last month? Maybe 6?  I know he can impact more than just the games in which he pitches by helping the bullpen and all of that, but there’s not a ton I’ve seen from this Twins team that suggests to me that they have a strong, final-month run in them, with Harden or without him.  And it’s not as if they’ll be players for the soon-to-be free agent either.

  1. Dan - Aug 31, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    “…but there’s not a ton I’ve seen from this Twins team that suggests to me that they have a strong, final-month run in them, with Harden or without him.”
    How about a 7-3 record over their last 10 games and the fact that they have a “Top-10” offense that has scored 50 more runs than Detroit this year. Wouldn’t that mean that pitching has been the problem, and that maybe adding Harden, Mahay and Rauch will improve them enough to string together some wins?
    I’m not saying “Rich Harden = playoffs”, but I’m also saying I don’t think it’s fair to say that there is no way they can pick up 5 games in one month, especially considering they play Detroit 7 more times.
    I seem to remember hearing everywhere in the media a few weeks ago that the AL Central had turned into a two way race between Chicago and Detroit.
    Baseball is a funny game.

  2. Bill@TDS - Aug 31, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Yeah, I’m with Dan. The Twins and Tigers’ Pythags are 1/2 game apart, they do play each other 7 more times, and the Tigers’ remaining schedule is a tiny bit tougher (the Twins basically get to swap three games against the Rays for the A’s). They’re not a particularly good team, but they don’t need to be. Harden would be a very good move (though so would Penny, and he’d be a much cheaper one).

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