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Rangers designate righty Rich Harden for assignment

Oct 6, 2010, 7:08 PM EDT

The Rangers couldn't wait to remove disappointing right-hander Rich Harden from their big-league roster. Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Harden was designated for assignment on Wednesday evening so that Texas could...

The Rangers couldn’t wait to remove disappointing right-hander Rich Harden from their big-league roster.

Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Harden was designated for assignment on Wednesday evening so that Texas could claim 23-year-old Ryan Tucker from the Marlins.

Harden was signed to a one-year, $6.5 million contract last winter that included an $11 million mutual option for 2011.  That option, of course, will not be exercised and the eight-year veteran will head into the offseason as a free agent.

Harden, 28, threw up a 5.58 ERA and 1.66 WHIP over 20 appearances (18 starts) this season, striking out 75 batters but walking 62 over 92 innings of work.  He battled a shoulder and glute injury and was left off the Rangers’ postseason roster.

Tucker, claimed off waivers in a corresponding move, registered 6.15 ERA, 1.72 WHIP and 19/17 K/BB ratio in 33 2/3 innings this year at the Triple-A level.

  1. Knight-of-God - Oct 6, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    Good riddence to bad garbage.

  2. bigtrav425 - Oct 6, 2010 at 9:03 PM

    so they drop 1 guy with bad numbers to pick up another with bad numbers??…..besides they pay im confused.Please help me out mr.ryan

  3. Buccofan - Oct 6, 2010 at 10:38 PM

    “Threw up” is an apt description. May God have mercy on the next team that is enamored of his “stuff” enough to give him millions. Unless it’s the Yankees, of course; with them, it’s “you deserve what you’ve got coming.”

  4. APBA Guy - Oct 7, 2010 at 1:05 AM

    Injuries took their toll. For those of us who remember 98 on the black for far too few innings in the Mausoleum, Rich Harden of today is a shadow of that rookie from just a few years ago. I see the bullpen in his future, a la Kerry Wood.

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