According to multiple reports, the Texas Rangers agreed to terms on a one-year, $6.5 million contract (that includes $3.5 million in incentives) with Rich Harden on Wednesday. The one-year contract includes a club option for 2011 worth $11 million with a $1 million buyout.
The Rangers also traded Kevin Millwood to the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday. Trading Millwood ended all speculation the Cubs could have landed Millwood in a deal that included Milton Bradley.
Harden posted a 9-9 record in 26 starts for the Cubs last season with a 4.09 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.
Rich Harden made his Cubs’ debut on July 12 against the Giants and left to a standing ovation after an electrifying performance. Harden finished the 2008 season with a 5-1 record in a Cubs’ uniform with a 1.77 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP. Harden struck out 89 batters in 71 innings.
The Cubs did not offer Rich Harden salary arbitration and will not receive draft pick compensation (Type-B, Sandwich Pick) for him signing with Texas.
Rich Harden’s new deal is pending a physical.