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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
11 170 928.3 59 38 0 3.76 13.8
Birth Date11-30-1981
Height6' 1"
Weight190 lbs
Age36 years, 8 months, 22 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2003 OAK MLB 15 13 74.7 5 4 0 72 40 67 5 .258 94 8.7 4.8 0.6 8.1 48% .318 .256 1.50 3.81 4.46 97 5.75 120.6 -0.0
2004 OAK MLB 31 31 189.7 11 7 0 171 81 167 16 .260 104 8.1 3.8 0.8 7.9 45% .289 .235 1.33 3.82 3.99 88 4.65 96.0 2.3
2005 OAK MLB 22 19 128.0 10 5 0 93 43 121 7 .263 96 6.5 3.0 0.5 8.5 44% .252 .210 1.06 2.92 2.53 78 3.19 68.7 3.3
2006 OAK MLB 9 9 46.7 4 0 0 31 26 49 5 .250 96 6.0 5.0 1.0 9.4 43% .236 .220 1.22 4.21 4.24 90 5.14 104.6 0.3
2007 OAK MLB 7 4 25.7 1 2 0 18 11 27 3 .272 89 6.3 3.9 1.1 9.5 39% .254 .223 1.13 4.00 2.45 81 4.77 98.7 0.3
2008 CHN 0 12 12 71.0 5 1 0 39 30 89 6 .260 105 4.9 3.8 0.8 11.3 31% .210 .193 0.97 3.04 1.77 85 3.26 69.6 1.8
2008 OAK 0 13 13 77.0 5 1 0 57 31 92 5 .271 97 6.7 3.6 0.6 10.8 30% .286 .213 1.14 2.85 2.34 73 2.80 59.7 2.3
2009 CHN MLB 26 26 141.0 9 9 0 122 67 171 23 .259 98 7.8 4.3 1.5 10.9 41% .289 .257 1.34 4.30 4.09 81 2.84 61.0 4.3
2010 TEX MLB 20 18 92.0 5 5 0 91 62 75 18 .258 113 8.9 6.1 1.8 7.3 34% .274 .288 1.66 6.27 5.58 129 6.77 152.8 -1.6
2011 OAK MLB 15 15 82.7 4 4 0 87 31 91 17 .272 97 9.5 3.4 1.9 9.9 34% .315 .300 1.43 4.72 5.12 99 4.03 93.7 1.0
2008 TOT MLB 25 25 148.0 10 2 0 96 61 181 11 .266 100 5.8 3.7 0.7 11.0 31% .251 .203 1.06 2.94 2.07 79 3.02 64.4 4.1
CareerMLB170160928.359380781422949105.2621007.64.11.09.240%.279.2431.303.973.76904.2290.513.8

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2001 VAN A- 18 14 74.3 2 4 0 47 38 100 3 .000 5.7 4.6 0.4 12.1 0% -.312 .000 1.14 3.15 3.39 0 0.00 0.0
2002 VIS A+ 12 12 67.7 4 3 0 49 24 85 4 .000 6.5 3.2 0.5 11.3 0% .287 .000 1.08 3.00 2.92 0 0.00 0.0
2002 MID AA 16 16 85.3 8 3 0 67 52 102 2 .000 7.1 5.5 0.2 10.8 0% .316 .000 1.40 2.91 2.95 0 0.00 0.0
2003 OAK MLB 15 13 74.7 5 4 0 72 40 67 5 .258 94 8.7 4.8 0.6 8.1 48% .318 .256 1.50 3.81 4.46 97 5.75 120.6
2003 MID AA 2 2 13.0 2 0 0 0 0 17 0 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 11.8 0% .000 .000 0.00 0.79 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2003 SAC AAA 16 14 88.7 9 4 0 72 35 91 6 .000 7.3 3.6 0.6 9.2 0% .295 .000 1.21 3.34 3.15 0 0.00 0.0
2004 OAK MLB 31 31 189.7 11 7 0 171 81 167 16 .260 104 8.1 3.8 0.8 7.9 45% .289 .235 1.33 3.82 3.99 88 4.65 96.0
2004 SAC AAA 1 1 5.0 0 0 0 6 3 6 0 .000 10.8 5.4 0.0 10.8 0% .400 .000 1.80 2.91 5.40 0 0.00 0.0
2005 OAK MLB 22 19 128.0 10 5 0 93 43 121 7 .263 96 6.5 3.0 0.5 8.5 44% .252 .210 1.06 2.92 2.53 78 3.19 68.7
2005 SAC AAA 1 1 3.0 0 0 0 1 0 7 0 .238 3.0 0.0 0.0 21.0 0% .333 .000 0.33 -1.16 0.00 85 3.40 91.4
2006 OAK MLB 9 9 46.7 4 0 0 31 26 49 5 .250 96 6.0 5.0 1.0 9.4 43% .236 .220 1.22 4.21 4.24 90 5.14 104.6
2006 SAC AAA 1 1 2.2 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 .274 114 4.1 0.0 0.0 12.3 100% .200 .095 0.45 0.61 0.00 95 0.00 0.0
2007 OAK MLB 7 4 25.7 1 2 0 18 11 27 3 .272 89 6.3 3.9 1.1 9.5 39% .254 .223 1.13 4.00 2.45 81 4.77 98.7
2007 SAC AAA 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 .281 85 9.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 33% .333 .243 1.00 1.53 0.00 100 4.62 102.4
2008 CHN MLB 12 12 71.0 5 1 0 39 30 89 6 .260 105 4.9 3.8 0.8 11.3 31% .210 .193 0.97 3.04 1.77 85 3.26 69.6
2008 OAK MLB 13 13 77.0 5 1 0 57 31 92 5 .271 97 6.7 3.6 0.6 10.8 30% .286 .213 1.14 2.85 2.34 73 2.80 59.7
2008 STO A+ 1 1 6.0 1 0 0 3 0 9 0 .241 98 4.5 0.0 0.0 13.5 60% .300 .077 0.50 2.27 0.00 74 3.05 59.3
2008 SAC AAA 1 1 3.7 0 0 0 3 0 4 0 .268 93 7.3 0.0 0.0 9.7 60% .300 .204 0.81 1.32 2.43 93 4.50 83.7
2009 CHN MLB 26 26 141.0 9 9 0 122 67 171 23 .259 98 7.8 4.3 1.5 10.9 41% .289 .257 1.34 4.30 4.09 81 2.84 61.0
2009 IOW AAA 1 1 4.7 0 0 0 3 2 6 0 .259 82 5.7 3.8 0.0 11.5 50% .250 .225 1.06 2.17 1.91 90 4.70 94.4
2010 TEX MLB 20 18 92.0 5 5 0 91 62 75 18 .258 113 8.9 6.1 1.8 7.3 34% .274 .288 1.66 6.27 5.58 129 6.77 152.8
2010 OKL AAA 5 5 23.3 0 2 0 21 8 34 3 .274 99 8.1 3.1 1.2 13.1 50% .327 .240 1.24 3.49 3.86 50 2.02 37.7
2011 OAK MLB 15 15 82.7 4 4 0 87 31 91 17 .272 97 9.5 3.4 1.9 9.9 34% .315 .300 1.43 4.72 5.12 99 4.03 93.7
2011 SAC AAA 2 2 7.7 0 0 0 3 3 12 1 .259 82 3.5 3.5 1.2 14.1 29% .154 .175 0.78 3.51 3.52 84 4.27 75.2

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 2267 0.4548 0.4888 0.6778 0.6537 0.3511 0.7626 0.5461 0.3222
2009 2466 0.4655 0.4594 0.6549 0.6220 0.3179 0.7465 0.4988 0.3451
2010 1624 0.4784 0.4409 0.8031 0.6139 0.2822 0.8491 0.7113 0.1969
2011 1481 0.4821 0.4537 0.6979 0.6275 0.2920 0.7835 0.5268 0.3021
Career78380.46820.4630.70040.63050.31520.77940.56180.2996

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2012-01-31 2012-01-31 FA 0 0 Right Shoulder Surgery Anterior Capsule 2012-01-31 -
2011-03-22 2011-07-01 60-DL 101 82 Right Shoulder Recovery From Strain Latissimus Dorsi -
2011-02-19 2011-03-22 Camp 31 0 Right Shoulder Strain Latissimus Dorsi -
2010-08-08 2010-08-23 15-DL 15 13 Right Shoulder Inflammation -
2010-06-12 2010-07-31 15-DL 49 42 Left Hip Strain Gluteal Muscles -
2009-09-17 2009-10-04 DTD 17 16 Right Shoulder Fatigue -
2009-05-18 2009-06-13 15-DL 26 22 Back Strain Middle -
2009-03-20 2009-03-25 Camp 5 0 General Medical Illness -
2009-01-18 2009-03-09 Off 50 0 Right Shoulder Cartilage Injury Labrum -
2008-09-05 2008-09-11 DTD 6 5 Right Shoulder Soreness Cortisone Injection -
2008-04-03 2008-05-11 15-DL 38 34 Right Shoulder Strain Subscapularis -
2007-07-08 2007-09-30 60-DL 84 74 Right Shoulder Strain -
2007-04-16 2007-06-22 60-DL 67 58 Right Shoulder Impingement -
2006-06-05 2006-09-21 60-DL 108 94 Right Elbow Sprain Ulnar Collateral Ligament -
2006-04-27 2006-06-04 15-DL 38 34 Right Low Back Strain -
2005-10-05 2005-10-05 Off 0 0 Left Shoulder Surgery Labrum 2005-10-05
2005-08-25 2005-10-02 DTD 38 36 Right Shoulder Strain Latissimus Dorsi -
2005-05-14 2005-06-21 15-DL 38 34 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2005-04-06 2005-04-10 DTD 4 4 Right Fingers Blister Middle Finger -
2004-06-27 2004-07-03 DTD 6 5 Left Shoulder Subluxation Covering First Base -
2004-02-27 2004-04-04 Camp 37 0 Right Shoulder Stiffness -
2003-09-21 2003-09-23 DTD 2 2 Low Back Spasms -
2003-04-26 2003-05-09 Minors 13 0 Right Ankle Sprain - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2011 OAK $1,500,000
2010 TEX $6,500,000
2009 CHN $7,000,000
2008 OAK $4,500,000
2007 OAK $2,000,000
2006 OAK $1,000,000
2005 OAK $500,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$23,000,000
8 yrTotal$23,000,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
8 y 74 dWMG1 year (2013)

Details
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Minnesota as a free agent 12/21/12 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1M in majors. May opt out of contract 7/31/13 if not on Major League roster.
  • 1 year/$1.5M (2011). Signed by Oakland as a free agent 12/15/10. Performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$7.5M (2010), plus 2011 mutual option. 10:$6.5M, 11:$11M mutual option, $1M buyout. Signed by Texas as a free agent 12/10/09. Performance bonuses: $0.5M each for 155, 165, 175, 185, 195 IP. $0.25M assignment bonus. Limited no-trade protection.
  • 4 years/$9M (2005-08), plus 2009 club option. Signed extension 3/05, replacing 1 year/$0.3365M deal signed 3/05. $1M signing bonus. 05:$0.5M, 06:$1M, 07:$2M, 08:$4.5M, 09:$7M club option, no buyout. Bonuses based on IP. Acquired in trade from Oakland 7/8/08.
  • 1 year/$0.306M (2004). Re-signed 2/27/04 (split contract, $0.103M in minors). Optioned to Triple-A 4/04. Recalled 4/04.
  • 1 year (2003). Contract purchased 7/03.
  • Drafted 2000 (17-510). Signed 5/18/01 (draft-and-follow).

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DateQuestionAnswer
2014-08-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)CJ Edwards is Rich Harden.
(Nostradamus from The Future)
Pretty sure we'd know if Rich Harden was in a costume, but hey, you're the seer. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-07-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)CJ Edwards is Rich Harden.
(Nostradamus from The Future)
I see that vision as a potential outcome for Edwards, though it sounds more like a statement than a prophecy, Mr. 'damus. I guess I missed the quatrain pertaining to baseball, but now I will go searching for those lost scrolls. (Doug Thorburn)
2012-05-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Grand Rapids Grasshoppers ask that you peek into the future to tell us what will become of Michael Pineda. Should we just release him now, avoiding the frustration of another injury-riddled pitcher? Also, what would you do with a pitching coach who has worked with the likes of Pineda, Joakim Soria, Rich Harden, Joey Devine, Francisco Liriano, Shaun Marcum, Adam Miller, et al? lol
(GR Grasshoppers from Michigan)
Always good to hear from my favorite ex-36er. Being a Cubs fan, I'd send that pitching coach to St. Louis, of course.

You of all people I don't need to tell about the inherent riskiness of pitchers, but as I said before I think Pineda will come back strong. If I were in, say, a Strat league, I'd hang onto him. Unless you'd rather trade him for, oh, I dunno, Matt Capps. (Ken Funck)
2011-03-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you like to round out the A's rotation out of Brandon McCarthy, Josh Outman, Tyson Ross, Bobby Cramer, and the forever-injured Rich Harden?
(Tom from Madison)
What, you mean in terms of finding a fifth ma to fight for the honor of being fifth starter? Ian Krol's a way's off yet. Pedro Figueroa's coming back from TJS and will start the season on the DL--that has to make him an honorary competitor, no? (Christina Kahrl)
2011-01-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)The A's just signed Grant Balfour and now are apparently targeting Brian Fuentes. All this on top of the signings of Rich Harden and Brandon McCarthy. Obviously a lot of injury risk, but do you see the A's looking to move one of their relievers in a package for another bat?
(Tom from Madison)
Someone is going to have to go somewhere if they keep doing this, but I'm just not sure who they are going to move. It was smart of them to wait until the market died down a little though. You know a reliever is going to get hurt in the spring or a team won't have as many quality options as they thought they did. (Marc Normandin)
2010-08-02 13:30:00 (link to chat)After seeing Dan Hudson pitch yesterday at Citi Field, I'm starting to wonder whether Ken Williams panicked or made a huge mistake in trading him for an average pitcher like Edwin Jackson. Your thoughts?
(SprungOnSports from Long Island)
The Sox definitely gave up better value than was involved in the Haren or Oswalt trades, although the relative salaries involved played some small part. The question is whether Williams was making what I'd call a fair offer in the abstract, when a very different market, the one that gave us such lop-sided acquisitions as the Haren or Oswalt deals, exists. On the other hand, I look at what the Rich Harden deal did for Oakland--and the exaggerated faith a few too many of my fellow statheads placed in Gallagher or Patterson or Murton--and wonder if we haven't been in this situation for several years now. The impact of money, being able to afford spending it, seems a lot more important than WARP- or MORP-driven exercises on actions. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-04-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)When will the Rangers begin to admit their mistake and promote Derek Holland to replace Rich Harden in the rotation? Harden is a bullpen killer with his 4.1 inning outings.
(Kevin from Dallas)
Both Holland and Brandon McCarthy are carving up the PCL, giving Texas some options to change up the rotation. Harden (17 ip in 4 starts) and Feldman (7.50ish r/g) are the subpar candidates to date. Harden's history and stuff make him a strong candidate for the Kerry Wood treatment and a permanent shift to the bullpen. I doubt they would make such a move without a DL trip for Harden, , which would be the excuse for the transition. Shouldn't have to wait too long for that. (Clay Davenport)
2010-04-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of Brandon Webb's longterm outlook? Does a contract of 3yr/36M seem reasonable for this offseason or is he in the 1 year territory?
(Zeke11 from Det)
3/36? Are you kidding me? The guy is on the path to not pitching for two seasons and you'd offer him a raise? Maybe - MAYBE - he ends up pitching a bit and with the Ben Sheets deal, I guess almost anything is possible, but there's no way I'd do anything more than a Rich Harden deal for Webb unless he comes back and looks lights out. At that point, new ballgame. (Will Carroll)
2010-03-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you expect Josh Hamilton and Rich Harden to stay healthy for the Rangers? Along with Vlad Guerrero this seems like a risky club Jon Daniels has put together.
(SprungOnSports from Long Island)
The Rangers THR is already up, where there's a lot more discussion of those players. I think the Rangers did accept some risk with those players, but I think they understand that and have "Plan B" in place for each of them. They're not lacking for depth. (Will Carroll)
2009-12-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Will Nolan Ryan "cure" injury-prone Rich Harden by having him throw more? If Harden does throw more than 200 innings, is Ryan a genius?
(Drew W from NoVA)
Ryan? You meant to say "Mike Maddux," and the answer to whether or not he's a genius is perhaps better answered by saying an exceptional technician is worth his weight in gold, which is why the Rangers filched him from the Brewers in the first place. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-12-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Please explain the Cubs refusal to offer arbitration to Rich Harden considering their huge hole at the backend of their rotation?
(Jack from Chicago)
I tried to imagine what it was the Cubs were thinking when they did this, but then something in my head popped and fizzled, and I forgot where I was and what I was doing. I don't think I'm going to be able to answer this question without causing long-term damage. (Marc Normandin)
2009-10-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Rob Neyer brought up the subject of a Bonderman-Bradley swap the other day. Given the weak market for MB, is Bonderman a good flier, given health questions, for the Cubs to take?
(Matt from Chicago)
I don't HATE that idea, but it leaves the Cubs in the same situation they've been with Rich Harden for the past two seasons. Pitching depth is not a strength for the Cubs. I think they need more flexibility and need to be in a sell mode. (Will Carroll)
2009-09-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Tim Hudson? Should we prepare for a Big comeback in 2010?
(Tim from Queens)
I suspect he'll be a worthwhile third starter again, and as a result, someone on the cusp of getting eight large per annum from his next employer. This winter's free-agent market's going to be a bit fun/funny, in that somebody's going to get a Suppan-sized deal the team will regret; if that's Jason Marquis or Rich Harden, I wouldn't be surprised, but it won't be Tim Hudson. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-02-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Rich Harden makes ____ starts for the Cubs.
(Mike from Chicago)
17 (Joe Sheehan)
2009-02-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)For the Cubs to break the curse, Rich Harden almost has to be part of the solution. What are his chances of pitching during October? You might as well answer for April and May too.
(John from Las Vegas)
He pitched 150 innings last year, so why is that not a reasonable projection this year? I think the Cubs handled him well last year and would do well to handle him in much the same manner this year. It'd be a great way to break in Samardzija as well, subbing in that slot every four times through the rotation. (Will Carroll)
2008-09-09 13:30:00 (link to chat)Should we be worried about Rich Harden? He hasn't pitched since August 29, and admitted to some arm discomfort a little while back. Any way of telling whether he'll be good to go for the playoffs?
(equatorx from Somerville)
You should always be worried about Rich Harden, especially when he's pitched more this year than in all but one season as a pro. The mechanical changes he made have squeezed a lot of innings from his arm, but there's nothing in his track record that says he can make another seven or eight starts this year. He'll be in new territory. You have to be wary of that. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-08-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Rich Harden, Ryan Dempster, and Ted Lilly all disagree that the Cubs are in trouble if Zambrano isn't pitching Game 1.
(jklein from TP)
That Harden trade just looks brilliant right now, doesn't it? But does that rotation really scare opposing hitters? Harden can be lights out, Dempster's going to get Cy votes, and Lilly's a good lefty, but it's not Webb-Haren-Johnson. It's not Shields-Garza-Kazmir, at least for dominance. It's not Beckett-Lester-Matsuzaka. It's not Sabathia-Sheets-whoever. (Will Carroll)
2008-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are the problems Rich Harden has had due to some mechanical flaw, or just his makeup? What chance would you give him of being able to pitch from now through october without a DL break?
(Mike from Chicago)
Harden made some mechanical changes in the off-season and has had a much better result. I have to think that indicates that at least part of the problem was mechanical. As for his chances, well, that's tougher to say. He's made it this far with only one minor injury. If he gave the Cubs the same second half he gave to the A's in the first -- which includes a DL stint -- would that be bad? I'd like to see the Cubs more cautious with Harden than they have been with Carlos Zambrano, because they're two entirely different pitchers. (Will Carroll)
2008-06-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)My fantasy baseball competitor is offering an even money bet that Rich Harden will land on the DL at some point during the rest of the season (i'd be betting no DL). Should I take the bet?
(Jay from Madison)
Take it. Harden's pitching very well and looking good, but ANY pitcher is about a 45% chance to go on the DL in any given season. Harden's more risky than average and while I didn't do any math on this, It's a bet I would take. I hope you lose though. (Will Carroll)
2008-06-17 15:00:00 (link to chat)Following up on my own question... With the A's so high on the Hit List do you expect them to be buying for this year or selling for next year, and if so who goes where? Also, might they be able to do both..with chad gaudin ready to get back his spot in the rotation, they could improve their offense, and team overall, by trading (harden?) for a major league ready bat to a team starved for pitching (yankees?)
(Joe Lefko from Boonton, NJ)
Over the winter and at the outset of the year everybody thought Beane was waving the white flag on 2008 even as he restocked his team. Right now I don't think it's inconceivable that the A's could move Rich Harden or Joe Blanton and still expect to hang around the AL West and Wild Card races. They do have some pitching depth, and I'd expect that they'd get a decent return on either of those guys. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-05-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)I should trade Rich Harden if I can, right? Burned too many times, Will.
(Sam from OC)
The right answer is yes, but don't do it for less than 80c on the dollar. (I was going to say Euro there since the dollar isn't what it used to be, but I don't know what the "cent" is for Euros.) I think lots of people that deal Harden are going to kick themselves when he goes on a run. (Are You Nervous? by Rock Kills Kid.) (Will Carroll)
2008-04-25 15:00:00 (link to chat)Could the A's conceivably win the AL West with 85 wins or so or do the Angels pull away once they get healthy (since we know Rich Harden won't!)?
(Dave from Chicago)
Right now this is looking as though it might be your typical two-team AL West battle as it's been for most of the past few years. The A's appear to be playing above their heads, but it shouldn't be all that shocking that a few things have gone especially right given the bad luck that's befallen this team in recent years, things like Bobby Crosby's health and Dana Eveland's ability to pitch at a major league level. I think a lot depends on whether John Lackey can be John Lackey when he gets back, and how well guys like Harden and Duchscherer can withstand regular turns in the rotation. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-04-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Should Oakland sign Bonds and make a play for the division title? Considering how flawed the AL West is currently (with the rash of pitching injuries).
(tonipeluso from Oakland, CA)
Getting shut out by John Danks for 7.2 innings is usually a sign from God that your offense needs some help. With the A's, though, I think a big factor is whether they expect Rich Harden to come back soon and stay (relatively) healthy. It's not like you should be banking on Rich Harden staying healthy for any length of time -- but any scenario where the A's do back into the playoffs, I think that has to coincide with Harden making 26 starts for them. (Nate Silver)
2008-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Rich Harden vs. Pedro Martinez. Which player could actually make an impact on my fantasy team the rest of the season?
(Rob from Bloomington, IL)
Both. Martinez has been pushed back now with the hamstring, which is disappointing, but its a conservatism rather than a further physical problem. (Will Carroll)
2008-03-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Rich Harden? How many innings this year??
(connollybp from Atlanta)
I recently re-read an interview I did in 2006 on Athletics Nation where I said Rich Harden would make 35 starts. Oops.

I should learn to keep my mouth shut on things like that. He's looked solid this spring, so we have to hope. (Will Carroll)
2008-03-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)80 wins for the A's!? isn't this team much worse than last year's squad that was sub 80 wins? not to mention the probability of a Billy Bean firesale at the allstar break?
(hsrhee from southport ct)
The A's had an awful lot of things go wrong last year. I mean, both Chavez and Crosby were just awful. Shannon Stewart sucked up more than 600 plate appearances for them. They got essentially replacement level performance out of the 1B and DH slots, at least until Jack Cust came along. Rich Harden was (predictably) unhealthy. They also somewhat underperformed their Pythagorean record. So this is a team that was due for some regression back upward toward the mean, which in this case is enough to outweigh the losses of Swisher and Haren. (Nate Silver)
2008-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)I've seen some projections that suggest it's the A's who are in the best position to take advantage of a stumble from Anahiem than the Mariners are. First, how credible is that? And second, if that is credible, how much worse does that make Bavasi's win-now plan?
(Evan from Vancouver, BC)
I don't see this at all. The A's are in full-on rebuilding mode, and behind Joe Blanton they need a lot to hope that Rich Harden, Justin Duchscherer, and Chad Gaudin are healthy. Add to that the need for sick-noters like Eric Chavez and Bobby Crosby to bounce back and I think we're at the point where it's far more likely Blanton gets shipped out at the deadline than the A's contend.

I'm not about to defend Bavasi, but I don't see the M's overtaken by Oakland this year. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-02-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)hi Gary, I don't no why but i just started thinking about Rich Harden and I haven't heard anything about the guy in along time. will he ever be healthy? and would Oakland move him. I hear about the A's still looking to move Blanton and Street but Harden's name never seems to come up.
(dogtothedog from Toronto)
Will he ever be healthy? I don't know, and I don't think anyone really does, until after the fact.

I would think that the A's would move him for the right offer, but do you realistically see the right offer coming in until he's logged say, 15 consecutive starts? Right now, making the market for Harden would be very difficult, no? The buyers are all going to want an enormous discount in order to do a deal, and the A's are going to want a price that's inline with his performance if he were healthy, which I think everyone can agree, is likely to be impressive -- if it ever happens. Right now, there's a lot of differences between those two positions on the bargaining spectrum. It's like trying to consummate a deal in a ritzy SF suburb these days; buyers are happy to make offers that sellers won't even respond to. (Gary Huckabay)
2008-01-25 13:30:00 (link to chat)Rich Harden pitches ____ innings for Oakland this season and only spends _____ games on the DL.
(Dave from South Bend)
An almost random answer:

151.3 and 15 with a delayed start to the season. (Dan Fox)
2008-01-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Why can't a guy with Rich Harden's stuff and injury history transition into a bullpen role? What makes it so difficult for guys who have been groomed as starters, but would clearly benefit from a move to the pen, make that transition?
(Nik from Oakland, CA)
No real reason. The objection is always that they can't recover quickly enough, but even so, you should be able to use him enough to get some more value from him than they have over the past couple seasons. If he can only pitch every other day, that's 81 chances or so. (Will Carroll)
2008-02-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Good reports for Rich Harden so far. Are you taking the over/under of 50ip for this (presumably) high red?
(ericmilburn from San Francisco)
I'll take the over. (Will Carroll)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-10-06 10:00:002010 Playoffs Day OneRich Harden gets the DFA. Not sure if I should laugh about the timing on that. (Brandon Warne)
2008-10-02 11:00:00Thursday Playoff GamesTaylor asks: " Better chance of sweeping, Philly or LA?"

I leave the odds to Clay and Nate, but it's really Dave Bush or Rich Harden. I think I know who I'd want pitching of those two. (Will Carroll)
 

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