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Twins sign Rich Harden to minor league deal

Dec 21, 2012, 10:52 AM EDT

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Rich Harden will attempt his comeback in Minnesota, as the Twins announced that they’ve signed the oft-injured right-hander to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Harden missed all of last season following shoulder surgery and hasn’t had an ERA below 5.00 since 2009, so much of the upside he once possessed has vanished, but he’s still just 31 years old and had good strikeout totals even while performing poorly overall in 2010 and 2011.

At some point it would make sense for a team to see if Harden can stay healthy and effective as a full-time reliever, but that hasn’t happened yet and the Twins figure to give him an opportunity to win a spot in their rebuilt rotation. Don’t count on it happening, but for a no-risk minor-league deal he’s a decent flier to take.

  1. proudlycanadian - Dec 21, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    I hope that Harden makes it. So much talent, but too many injuries.

  2. albertmn - Dec 21, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    No downside to giving him a shot on a minor league deal.

    • albertmn - Dec 21, 2012 at 11:10 AM

      Just looked at his innings pitched per season. There may not be a lot of upside if the Twins try him in the rotation either. Only once over 148 innings, and that was 189 2/3 quite a few years ago.

  3. zzalapski - Dec 21, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    No problems with this acquisition in and of itself. But Ryan better have more moves planned before spring training.

  4. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 21, 2012 at 11:31 AM

  5. b453841l - Dec 21, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Is Mark Prior available?

  6. pariseinminnesotabichez - Dec 27, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    Go twins

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