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Report: Red Sox to target free agent Harden

Dec 1, 2009, 6:27 PM EDT

A major league source told that the Red Sox are serious about pursuing free agent Rich Harden.
Given the Red Sox tendency to favor upside over stability when it comes to short-term deals for pitchers, Harden always figured to be at or near the top of their list of potential pitching upgrades. Ben Sheets has to be viewed as another possibility for the team.
Harden will certainly command a bigger guarantee than John Smoltz and Brad Penny did last season, but he may well be willing to settle for a one-year deal. He could have a chance to make $10 million-$12 million through incentives next year, but it’s doubtful that anyone will be willing to offer him that kind of cash in a two- or three-year deal.

  1. JBerardi - Dec 1, 2009 at 10:26 PM

    One of the most obvious stories of the offseason. Harden and the Red Sox were absolutely made for each other. I’d be shocked if this doesn’t happen.

  2. hop - Dec 1, 2009 at 11:06 PM

    Harden will really fill out the redsuk’s DL list for them in “10

  3. CommonNow - Dec 2, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Without bats, and there don’t appear to be any available, I am not the only Bosox fan who sees little hope for 2010. This is just another indicator… All of you that have issues with my viewpoint can ping me in Oct. 2010 when the sox are playing Golf…

  4. billybill - Dec 2, 2009 at 4:06 PM

    I think the Sox want harden simply because,like Jason Bay,he is from British Columbia.As with the signings of Japanese players,the Sox would like to increase their fan base in B.C.Think of the hats, shirts,etc. they will sell there.Are any other players from B.C. available?

  5. KOZ - Dec 4, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Harden=Penny Sheets=Smoltz That equation is old and did’t add up the first time!!
    What is needed….
    Haliday > Haliday > Haliday
    Fix Dice K
    Dump Papi > Get Adrian Gonzales
    Resign Bay

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