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Rich Harden

32-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent

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STATUS:  Out     INJURY TYPE:  Shoulder     EST. RETURN:  8/15/2013
LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: NO   BATS: L   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 1"   WT: 195   DOB: 11/30/1981
BORN: Victoria, BC Canada   COLLEGE: Central Arizona JC  DRAFTED: 1st Rd   Show ContractHide Contract

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Rich Harden Contract Information:

Signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the A's in December 2010 that includes added incentives. It contains an out clause on July 31, ESPN 1500 am Twin Cities reports.

July 28, 2013  –  Rich Harden News

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The Twins granted Harden (shoulder) his unconditional release Sunday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

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Rich Harden Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2004 22 AAA SAC 1 1 0 5.0 6 3 0 6 3 0 0 0 5.40 1.80
2005 23 AAA SAC 1 1 0 3.0 1 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.33
2005 23 MAJ OAK 22 19 1 128.0 93 36 7 121 43 10 5 0 2.53 1.06
2006 24 AAA SAC 1 1 0 2.0 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.50
2006 24 MAJ OAK 9 9 0 46.7 31 22 5 49 26 4 0 0 4.24 1.22
2007 25 AAA SAC 1 0 0 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.00
2007 25 MAJ OAK 7 4 0 25.7 18 7 3 27 11 1 2 0 2.45 1.13
2008 26 A STO 1 1 0 6.0 3 0 0 9 0 1 0 0 0.00 0.50
2008 26 AAA SAC 1 1 0 3.7 3 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 2.45 0.82
2008 26 MAJ CHN 12 12 0 71.0 39 14 6 89 30 5 1 0 1.77 0.97
2008 26 MAJ OAK 13 13 0 77.0 57 20 5 92 31 5 1 0 2.34 1.14
2008  (Multiple Teams) 26 MAJ CHN/OAK 25 25 0 148.0 96 34 11 181 61 10 2 0 2.07 1.06
2009 27 AAA IOW 1 1 0 4.7 3 1 0 6 2 0 0 0 1.93 1.07
2009 27 MAJ CHN 27 26 0 141.0 122 64 23 171 67 9 9 0 4.09 1.34
2010 28 AAA OKL 5 5 0 23.1 21 10 3 34 8 0 2 0 0 0 3.86 1.26
2010 28 MAJ TEX 20 18 0 92.0 91 57 18 75 62 5 5 0 0 0 5.58 1.66
2011 29 AAA SAC 2 2 0 7.2 3 3 1 12 3 0 0 0 0 0 3.52 0.83
2011 29 MAJ OAK 15 15 0 82.7 87 47 17 91 31 4 4 0 0 0 5.12 1.43
3-Year Averages     15 15 0 82.7 87 47 17 91 31 4 4 0 0 0 5.12 1.43
Career  (View All)     171 160 1 928.3 781 388 105 949 422 59 38 0 3.76 1.30

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Rich Harden Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

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Rich Harden Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2004 22 AAA SAC 1 1 5.0 10.80 5.40 2.00 0.00 66.7% 5.40 2.60 .426
2005 23 AAA SAC 1 1 3.0 21.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100% 0.00 -1.47 .407
2005 23 MAJ OAK 22 19 128.0 8.51 3.02 2.81 0.49 77.5% 2.53 3.06 .264
2006 24 AAA SAC 1 1 2.0 13.50 0.00 0.00 0.00 100% 0.00 0.20 .275
2006 24 MAJ OAK 9 9 46.7 9.45 5.01 1.88 0.96 1.23 67.3% 4.24 4.22 .239
2007 25 AAA SAC 1 0 1.0 9.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100% 0.00 1.20 .355
2007 25 MAJ OAK 7 4 25.7 9.47 3.86 2.45 1.05 1.09 84.6% 2.45 3.94 .248
2008 26 A STO 1 1 6.0 13.50 0.00 0.00 0.00 100% 0.00 0.20 .275
2008 26 AAA SAC 1 1 3.7 9.82 0.00 0.00 0.00 66.7% 2.45 1.02 .321
2008 26 MAJ CHN 12 12 71.0 11.28 3.80 2.97 0.76 0.47 87.3% 92.0 MPH 1.77 3.10 .229
2008 26 MAJ OAK 13 13 77.0 10.75 3.62 2.97 0.58 0.47 81.9% 92.0 MPH 2.34 2.90 .294
2008  (Multiple Teams) 26 MAJ CHN/OAK 25 25 148.0 11.01 3.71 2.97 0.67 0.47 84.2% 92.0 MPH 2.07 3.00 .265
2009 27 AAA IOW 1 1 4.7 11.57 3.86 3.00 0.00 80% 1.93 1.91 .295
2009 27 MAJ CHN 27 26 141.0 10.91 4.28 2.55 1.47 0.90 75.3% 92.1 MPH 4.09 4.37 .304
2010 28 AAA OKL 5 5 23.1 13.25 3.12 4.25 1.17 73.1% 3.86 3.11 .366
2010 28 MAJ TEX 20 18 92.0 7.34 6.07 1.21 1.76 0.72 71.1% 90.5 MPH 5.58 6.43 .284
2011 29 AAA SAC 2 2 7.2 15.00 3.75 4.00 1.25 60% 3.52 2.92 .194
2011 29 MAJ OAK 15 15 82.7 9.91 3.38 2.94 1.85 0.71 70.3% 91.7 MPH 5.12 4.87 .330
3-Year Averages     15 15 82.7 9.91 3.38 2.94 1.85 70.3% 5.12 4.80 .330
Career     171 160 928.3 9.20 4.09 2.25 1.02 74.2% 3.76 4.04 .288

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Rich Harden: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Harden (shoulder) has not felt any pain in his arm recently and is scheduled to throw live batting practice this week, the Twins' official website reports.

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Harden (shoulder) will attempt to throw live batting practice in the next few days, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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Harden (shoulder) has resumed throwing, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

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Harden (shoulder) experienced soreness while throwing this week, but it isn't viewed as a major setback, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.

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Harden (shoulder) threw to hitters Saturday for the first time this spring, 1500 ESPN Twin Cities reports.

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Harden (shoulder) was assigned to Minnesota's minor league camp.

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Harden (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Sunday, MLB.com reports.

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Harden (shoulder) has begun throwing off a mound, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

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Harden (shoulder) is still only long-tossing, but hopes to throw off a bullpen mound by the end of March, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

There was no outlook written for Rich Harden.

2013

Harden underwent shoulder surgery to repair his right rotator cuff on Jan. 31, 2012, and didn't pitch last season. It's not clear if Harden will be a starter or reliever or if he'll be ready for the start of the season, but he could easily find a high-profile role with the pitching-starved Twins.

2012

Injuries limited Harden (again) to 15 starts, but he managed to fan 91 batters in 82.2 innings despite an otherwise ugly year thanks to a whopping 17 home runs allowed. Ordinarily, that type of strikeout stuff would play well out of the bullpen, but there has to be considerable concern as to whether Harden could be tasked with fewer days between appearances given his injury history. He's a free agent at press time, and will likely have to settle for an incentive-heavy, one-year deal somewhere.

2011

Harden battled injuries and ineffectiveness during his one-year stint in Texas. A poor 75:62 K:BB rate made him an ineffective option even out of the bullpen, but it's the role he'll likely have in 2011 after the A's signed him to a one-year deal with the intent of using him as a reliever. Should an opportunity to work the ninth inning arise, things could become interesting, but that will take a dominant transition from Harden coupled with an Andrew Bailey injury or stretch of ineptitude.

2010

With half a strikeout per inning more than Tim Lincecum last season, Harden was in a class by himself when it came to missing bats in 2009. Unfortunately, the rare ones that made contact hit his pitches a long way - Harden allowed 23 homers in just 141 innings. Moreover, his walk rate remained high, a dangerous combination at times, even with all the strikeouts. Given Harden's spotty command and injury history, the Cubs chose not to offer him arbitration, and he signed with the Rangers in November. While Harden was shut down in September with a tired arm, he's averaged 25.5 starts the last two seasons, and should be fine for the start of spring training. There's still plenty of upside here, though Arlington will not be forgiving if he leaves the ball over the plate.

2009

After not topping 47 innings in a season since 2005, Harden stayed relatively healthy a year ago with impressive results. Harden led the majors with 11 strikeouts per nine innings and a .183 batting average against in his combined stints with the A's and Cubs. Harden walked a few too many batters and gave up a lot of flyballs, but he got away with it by missing so many bats. The walks did prevent him from pitching deep into games, however as the Cubs were wary of letting him rack up high pitch counts. The Cubs picked up Harden's $7 million option for 2009 in October after examining his shoulder, so he should be healthy heading into the season. How long he stays that way is anyone's guess.

2008

It was another year lost to injury for Harden, who managed to pitch even less than the year before. He's among the AL's best when healthy, but he hasn't topped 20 starts since 2004. You can't count on him to be a staff anchor, but he's a nice addition if you can get him cheap. He'll either pitch and be really effective or be sidelined with injury, but at least you won't get 165 innings of 1.480 WHIP and 4.95 ERA like many staff fillers provide.

2007

Harden was limited to just four appearances after April 26 thanks to a bad back and then a sprained elbow ligament. His oft-troublesome control problems resurfaced, issuing 26 walks in 46.2 innings. Assuming that's a blip on the radar, a heathy Harden should be a strong Cy Young candidate and deserves extra attention in 5x5 leagues.

2006

Harden battled injuries for much of 2005, but when healthy continued the assault on AL hitters that began in the second half of 2004. Surgery on his non-throwing labrum was successful, and the A's hope that will clear up his oblique and right shoulder woes. If he stays healthy, he's among the best in 5x5 leagues.

2005

Harden's numbers after the All-Star break (8 W, 3.49 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 76/33 K/BB ratio) are more indicative of his talent than this pre-break numbers (4.52 ERA, 1.49 WHIP) and his final four starts were as dominant as any stretch during the season (26.2 IP, 25 H, 12 ER, 8 BB, 28 K). He was the second best starter for the A's last season, and should get extra consideration in 5x5 leagues with his strikeouts.

2004

A solid first four starts showed promise, but they came at the expense of the Tribe, Angels, Royals and Tigers. He struggled with his control after that, but he'll start the season as the A's fourth starter following the trade of Ted Lilly.

2003

Good heavens, can the A's find pitching or what? This 17th round selection rocketed up to Double-A at the age of 20 and did very, very well. His composite totals between Single-A and Double-A are scary: 153.1 innings, 116 hits, six home runs allowed, 76 walks and 187 strikeouts. Yowza. If he knocks off a walk allowed per start he's going to dominate.