Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Danny Haren and Joe Blanton are making the rounds in the rumor mill, but the Sox should target Rich Harden. Simply, the benefit is not worth the cost for Haren or Blanton. Billy Beane will get the booty for Haren and Blanton; he may not for Harden because he has rarely been healthy.
If Beane is starting over, Harden is unlikely to be playing October baseball in Oakland. He is a free agent after 2009. Beane would be selling low on Harden, but the A’s could be left with nothing. An unproductive 2008 from Harden likely kills his trade value. The A’s would not pickup his $7 million option and Harden gets non-tendered. If the Sox offer a respectable package, Beane could pull the trigger now instead of rolling the dice on Harden's shoulder.
No one questions Harden’s stuff and ability to dominate a game. He just can’t stay on the mound. It is time for Theo to bet on Tito, John Farrell and the medical staff to help keep Harden healthy coming out of the pen in 2008, and then moving to the rotation in 2009.