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. Rich Harden was acquired from the Oakland A’s on July 8, 2008 along with Chad Gaudin for Sean Gallagher, Matt Murton, Eric Patterson and Josh Donaldson.
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.