March 19, 2008
Yanks Interested In Rich Harden?
Via the San-Fran Chronicle:
Rich Harden will start at Phoenix today, and Joe Blanton at Mesa, splitting the scouting hordes that have been watching the two all spring. Both are potential candidates to be traded, and the Yankees apparently have expressed interest in Harden, according to one source.
The A's, however, won't provide any real discount for Harden, even though he has been hurt much of the past three years. They probably would ask for right-hander Ian Kennedy, for starters, and perhaps pitchers Alan Horne and Jeff Marquez as well.
Rich Harden makes Carl Pavano look like Cal Ripken Jr.
I wouldn't trade this Kennedy for him - much less Ian Kennedy. Pass.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at March 19, 2008 12:23 AM
Hometown newspapers write the funniest homer-ist statements you've ever seen. They really just make you laugh. Ian Kennedy -- PLUS Horne AND Marquez -- for Harden? They didn't want to part with those guys for Santana. Give me a break. That's one of the funniest false trade rumors ever.
Harden has freakish ability when healthy, and he's pitched the hell out of the ball in spring training so far.
I would hesitate to make a move that impacts the 25 man roster at this stage in spring training, but the way Rich Harden misses bats I'd at least consider Ian Kennedy, if Marquez and Horne are left out of the deal.
Billy Beane was also reportedly interested in Brett Gardner when rumors about Dan Johnson surfaced last season. After the spring he's had, I would imagine he's at least a valuable trading commodity for a move like this...
Teams can and do "ask" for lots of things. That doesn't mean they'll get what they request. Nothing will happen to Harden soon -- at least the Yankees won't jump into anything. Relax!