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Yankees, other teams scouting Rich Harden

Posted on: August 20, 2011 4:28 pm
 
HardenBy Evan Brunell

On Friday night, Rich Harden showed flashes of the dominance that has given him chance after chance to pitch in the majors despite being one of the most brittle baseball players to play the game.

Harden struck out 11 batters, including striking out the side on nine pitches in the first after loading the bases on an error and two walks. He walked a total of four batters and allowed just two hits in a near-unhittable performance over seven innings, downing the Blue Jays. It was a great game for scouts to watch, as the San Francisco Chronicle notes that scouts from several teams in contention have been keeping tabs on Harden, including the Yankees, who took in Harden's previous two starts.

Any sour taste left in New York's mouth after seeing Harden give up four runs in four innings to the Rangers on Aug. 14 was certainly erased by this past outing, and it's easy to see Harden being moved before Aug. 31. After all, it's not as if he's untouchable -- Oakland had agreed to ship Harden to the Red Sox at the trade deadline for prospect Lars Anderson and a player to be named later. When the Red Sox didn't like Harden's medicals, they balked on the PTBNL, and the A's scrapped the deal entirely. Boston acquired Erik Bedard instead, and now it's entirely possible that Harden will be pitching against Boston down the stretch, donning pinstripes.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:27 am
 

Yankees, other teams scouting Rich Harden

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Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: August 21, 2011 11:03 am
 

Yankees, other teams scouting Rich Harden

Do it.Then tell AJ Burnett to pack his suitcase.Harden would have to be an improvement.



Since: Aug 17, 2011
Posted on: August 20, 2011 6:24 pm
 

Yankees, other teams scouting Rich Harden

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Since: Aug 17, 2011
Posted on: August 20, 2011 6:21 pm
 

Yankees, other teams scouting Rich Harden

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Since: Apr 11, 2008
Posted on: August 20, 2011 5:57 pm
 

Yankees, other teams scouting Rich Harden

Once again the A's looking to ship off a fan favorite (like Mark Ellis).  Certainly Harden's $1.5 million salary is not hurting the A's.  Does Wolff or the "management" understand what puts butts in the seats?  As a long time A's fan it makes me sick that they trade all the favorites so that we can watch some "prospect."  Let's see, how many first basemen "prospects have we seen this year?



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: August 20, 2011 5:39 pm
 

Yankees, other teams scouting Rich Harden

I don't see this deal happening with the Yankees. They don't have many quality prospects that they are willing to part with. The Red Sox were offering Lars Andersen, a C+ rated prospect, according minorleagueball.com. Since the Red Sox do not have better position proscpects the A's wanted one other person....depending on how well Harden did with the Red Sox. They balked (which is weird because the better Harden does the better the Red Sox do...but then again the Reds Sox are greedy and cheap and like to show "who's boss!". So of course they won't make the deal contigent on Harden's performance. The Yankees collection of prospects is almost as dire as the Red Sox so I really don't see why Oakland would trade with them. The Yankees have no enticing position prospects. Having said that I think Graham Stoneburner, RHP, would be a good start. Throw in a PTBNL and it should get done.


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