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  1. Derek Jeter is VHS

    Sep 12, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

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    Grant Brisbee pretty ably sums up the future of Derek Jeter at shortstop for the New York Yankees. Specifically, that he has none. That even if he exercises his player option for next year and comes back it’s likely to be as the Yankees DH/utility guy because he’ll be 40 and shortstops just don’t play…

  2. Rich Harden is still trying

    Feb 14, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Rich Harden

    Spring brings optimism. Sometimes so much optimism that you believe crazy, irrational things. Things like Rich Harden pitching in the majors this year.  As you’ll recall, he signed a minor league deal with the Twins back in December and he’s giving it yet another go: “It felt pretty good,” said Harden, who is trying to…

  3. Twins interested in left-hander Joe Saunders

    Jan 16, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Back in November while previewing the Twins’ various free agent pitching options I highlighted Joe Saunders as someone they were likely to be interested in and perhaps overpay. Since then they’ve been linked to Saunders occasionally, but that has mostly died down recently until today: Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Twins are “pursuing”…

  4. Rich Harden’s deal with Twins includes opt-out clause

    Dec 27, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Often when a player making a comeback signs a minor-league contract with a team it includes an opt-out clause that allows him to become a free agent again if not added to the MLB roster within a month or so. Rich Harden‘s minor-league deal with the Twins includes an opt-out clause, but Darren Wolfson of…

  5. Twins interested in Joe Saunders and Brett Myers

    Dec 21, 2012, 11:50 AM EDT

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    Minnesota came into the offseason needing to fill at least three and possibly four rotation spots, and the Twins’ early additions of Kevin Correia and Mike Pelfrey haven’t been very inspiring. They also inked Rich Harden to a minor-league deal today, but Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN.com reports that the Twins are still searching for rotation…

  6. 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…

  7. Twins interested in being home to Rich Harden’s comeback

    Dec 20, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

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    A few weeks ago Rich Harden announced that he was attempting a comeback after not playing in 2012 and now we know at least one team is interested in the oft-injured right-hander. LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Twins “have been in contact” with Harden’s agent and adds that…

  8. Rich Harden is making a comeback

    Dec 3, 2012, 10:40 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v New York Yankees

    Perpetually injured right-hander Rich Harden didn’t pitch in the majors at all this year and hasn’t had an ERA below 5.00 since 2009, but he’s making a comeback at age 31. Harden’s agent told Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com that he “feels great” and has already “had a lot of interest from clubs.” For a long…

  9. Ben Sheets admits he’s a zombie

    Aug 15, 2012, 10:17 AM EDT

    Ben Sheets

    After a series of injuries and surgeries that made everyone this side of Rich Harden say “damn!” Ben Sheets has been pretty effective since his comeback with the Braves began.  But he did get beat up on Sunday, and it was suggested that perhaps he had dead arm. Dave O’Brien of the AJC reports, however,…

  10. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 16, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Ben Sheets

    Braves 6, Mets 1: Ben Sheets emerges from the restorative chemical waters of the Lazarus Pits to throw six shutout innings against the Mets. Too bad this series is over. I heard the Braves were going to run Rich Harden out there tonight and maybe Mark Prior on Tuesday to see if the Mets are just as prone…

  11. Report: Rich Harden to miss the entire 2012 season

    Feb 9, 2012, 9:23 AM EDT

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    This is perhaps the least surprising thing in the history of things: Peter Gammons says Rich Harden saw Dr. James Andrews, Andrews saw a surgical procedure, and Harden will miss 2012; wish that was a surprise — Ray Ratto (@RattoCSN) February 8, 2012   Not surprising, but still depressing. Harden is the guy for whom…

  12. Top 111 Free Agents: the post-Prince Fielder update

    Jan 24, 2012, 6:48 PM EDT

    Baseball player Albert Pujols wears an Angels cap after he is introduced by the Los Angeles Angels during a news conference at Angels Stadium in Anaheim

    In light of the Prince Fielder signing, here’s an updated look at how this year’s top 111 free agents have fared. 1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): Angels – 10 years, $254 million 2. Prince Fielder (Brewers): Tigers – 9 years, $214 million 3. Jose Reyes (Mets): Marlins – 6 years, $106 million 4. C.J. Wilson (Rangers):…

  13. An updated top 50 free agents

    Dec 13, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    Taking into account recent signings and some new arrivals courtesy of the non-tender deadline, here’s a new list of the top 50 free agents available. Posted Japanese players Yu Darvish and Norichika Aoki are not included. Darvish, a right-handed pitcher, would come in at No. 2 on the list, while Aoki, an outfielder, would slide in right around No.…

  14. An updated look at what’s left in free agency

    Dec 8, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    Here’s an up-to-date list of how the top 111 free agents have fared to date. Note that the list below doesn’t include Yu Darvish or Yoenis Cespedes, two of the remaining gems available to major league teams. 1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): Angels – 10 years, $254 million 2. Prince Fielder (Brewers) 3. Jose Reyes (Mets):…

  15. Rich Harden to compete for rotation spot with A’s, but bullpen also an option

    Dec 22, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

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    Rich Harden’s one-year, $1.5 million contract with the A’s became official yesterday and Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that he’ll compete for a rotation spot in spring training, with a spot in the bullpen looming as the fallback option. Harden indicated that he’d prefer to remain a starter, but told Slusser that…

  16. A’s and Rich Harden agree to one-year, $1.5 million contract

    Dec 15, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

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    Rich Harden and the A’s have agreed to a one-year contract worth $1.5 million in guaranteed money and another $1.5 million in potential incentives, according to a major league source. Harden, who was drafted by the A’s in 2000 and pitched in Oakland from 2003 to mid-2008, returns after stints with the Cubs and Rangers.…

  17. At least seven teams “have checked in” on Rich Harden

    Dec 7, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    Rich Harden was a bust for the Rangers after signing a one-year, $7.5 million deal last winter, posting a 5.58 ERA in 92 innings. Despite his lengthy injury history it was the first time that Harden’s performance ceased being fantastic, but Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that at least seven teams “have checked in”…

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