According to multiple reports, the Cubs picked up the 2009 option on pitcher Rich Harden. The Cubs will pay the $7 million dollar option after exams revealed Harden will not require shoulder surgery in the off-season. Harden had his shoulder examined on Tuesday by team doctors in order to ensure the oft injured pitcher would be healthy enough to pitch next season. The Cubs had until midnight on Wednesday to pickup Harden’s option and reports suggested he would be offered arbitration if the option had not been picked up.
Will update if more information becomes available….