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UPDATE: Athletics have talked to Rich Harden, no deal

Dec 14, 2010, 7:01 PM EDT

Rich Harden throwing

UPDATE: Not so fast on this one. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle hears that the A’s have talked to Harden, but that he might have better offers elsewhere. Meanwhile, Renck writes that he hasn’t confirmed his information with the A’s.

So, nothing to see here. At least not yet.

6:56 PM: Here’s an interesting one.

Sources are telling Troy Renck of the Denver Post that Rich Harden is signing with the Athletics.

Harden was originally drafted by the Athletics in 2000 and posted a 3.42 ERA over parts of six seasons with the club before being traded to the Cubs in July of 2008. While Harden can be electric at times, health problems have dogged him throughout his career. The Rangers found out first hand this past season, as the 29-year-old right-hander missed time with a glute strain and shoulder tendinitis while posting a disappointing 5.58 ERA over 20 games (18 starts). He averaged 7.3 K/9 and 6.1 BB/9, both career-worsts.

It’s hard to count on Harden for much, but he’s well worth signing to an incentive-laden deal, with a legitimate chance to rebound in the pitcher-friendly Coliseum. Assuming this goes though, Harden will likely compete with Brandon McCarthy, Josh Outman, Tyson Ross and Bobby Cramer for the final spot in the starting rotation.

  1. phukyouk - Dec 14, 2010 at 7:25 PM

    Damn the Yanks havbe the pick of the litter now… huh? they should just go out and sign every single underwhelming pitcher out there and see what they get.. worst case they spend a few mil. best case they end up with another Aron Small.

  2. kevinrohling - Dec 14, 2010 at 8:20 PM

    Fads

  3. mvd513 - Dec 15, 2010 at 6:06 AM

    New Yankees rotation: Mark Prior, Rich Harden, Ben Sheets, Erik Bedard, Mike Stanton.

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