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A’s pull back Rich Harden after Indians claim him on waivers

Aug 22, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

Rich Harden AP

Last month the A’s had a Rich Harden trade worked out, only to have the Red Sox back away because of concerns about his health.

And now Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the A’s put Harden on waivers only to pull him back when the Indians claimed him and “couldn’t work out a deal.”

That means Harden is no longer eligible to be traded and will finish the season in Oakland after throwing 53 innings with a 3.91 ERA and 60/24 K/BB ratio.

Cleveland will presumably continue to be on the lookout for a veteran starter, although the Indians are now 4.5 games back in the AL Central and in danger of falling into third place.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 22, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    There goes the “Harden gets traded to the Yankees and wins game 4 of the NLCS over the Red Sox in revenge” angle that somebody talked about on a previous thread.

    • bloodysock - Aug 22, 2011 at 4:20 PM

      That would be quite a feat to have Harden pitch Game 4 of the NLCS with the Yankees.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 22, 2011 at 4:21 PM

        ALCS ALCS ALCS ALCS ALCS ALCS

        You know me…it’s all Phillies all the time ;)

      • trevorb06 - Aug 22, 2011 at 4:30 PM

        That’d be quite a feat to have Harden finish a season not on the DL… whether AL or NL…

      • FC - Aug 22, 2011 at 5:20 PM

        - So what league does Harden pitch for? NL or AL?
        - Neither. He pitches in the DL.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 22, 2011 at 4:31 PM

      It was rather obvious that a team ranking lower than the Yankees would put in a claim. Since the Indians gave up their 2 best pitching prospects for a starter who has not delivered, I am not surprised that they put in a claim. However, having given away their 2 best pitching prospects, they probably had to lowball Oakland. Harden might just resign with Oakland next year.

      • scatterbrian - Aug 22, 2011 at 5:34 PM

        That’s been the rumor….even if he was claimed and traded, the A’s and Harden have mutual interest for 2012.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 22, 2011 at 11:18 PM

        boy proudly all but promised us Harden was going to the blue jays, well they passed on him so your wrong again proudly!!

  2. SmackSaw - Aug 22, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Couldn’t make a deal? The A’s oughta give him away. The Indians don’t have an extra case of ball laying around? The Indians don’t have a brother-in-law that’ll shampoo the carpet in the A’s clubhouse for half price? Get rid of him at any cost. Call Ned Colleti.

    • scatterbrian - Aug 22, 2011 at 5:32 PM

      Why should they give him away? He’s pitching just fine and only making $1.5M this season, and the A’s aren’t bursting with SP options right now. There’s no reason for the A’s to just hand him over, let alone try to dump him at any cost. I understand the A’s aren’t playing for a playoff spot, but they still need five dudes who can start games.

      • takemytalentstosoutheuclid - Aug 22, 2011 at 8:44 PM

        uhh, because his arm falls off every 45 days, that’s why. Do a Google search for Rich Harden injury history and check out any of the 122,000 resulting pages.

      • clydeserra - Aug 22, 2011 at 11:20 PM

        absolutely right TMTTSE. BEcause Rich Harden is likely to get injured soon the A’s should just eat the $250K he is owed for the rest of the year and call up a MLB minimum guy for about $75K. Willingham is making a bunch too, they should let someone else take that contract. Ans Matsui and Dejesus.

        Maybe thye should stop playing at all, that would save money on Payroll. that would be the best idea, yet. I’ll get Brad pitt on the phone and pitch you new “moneyball” idea, having no roster is the new market inefficiency!

  3. bigleagues - Aug 22, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    Harden has had a semi-weird run since he came off the DL.

    He alternates 5IP, 4ER, 4/3 K/BB type performances with 7IP, 2ER, 8/1 K/BB type performances.

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