Harden on the radar
Just because the signings of Brad Penny and John Smoltz didn’t work for
the Red Sox in 2009 doesn’t mean that Theo Epstein won’t attempt to
make some similar low-risk, high-reward transactions for next season.
After all, they are low risk.
Rich Harden is a free agent
pitcher the Red Sox are “seriously” monitoring, according to
Foxsports.com, though the Web site said that no offer has been made yet.
one thing Harden proved — unlike Penny and Smoltz — is that he can
pitch in the American League. Harden was not offered arbitration by the
Cubs, which means the Red Sox could get him without providing
compensatory draft picks.
Becuase of his injury history, it is
easy to forget that Harden is just 28 years old. In 26 starts for the
’09 Cubs, Harden was 9-9 with a 4.26 ERA. He pitched better in August
and September than he did the first four months of the season. The
Cubs, out of contention, shut him down for the last two weeks of the
season as a precautionary measure.