Harden to Texas Makes Zero Sense

I really don’t get this one. If Rich Harden is trying to re-establish his value this year, why would he choose to go to a bandbox like the ballpark in Arlington, over the pitcher-friendly Safeco Field? The most troubling part, is that the price was completely reasonable. I just can’t imagine that the Mariners weren’t willing to give him $7.5 million.

This is a pretty tough blow, too, as Harden was basically a perfect fit for the M’s. His stuff is outstanding, and the injury risk wouldn’t have been as big of an issue for us as we have plenty of starting pitching depth. However, we lack a real #2, and Harden would have provided us with one.

As it stands now, there really isn’t really anything else that’s attractive on the FA market when it comes to starting pitching. So, unless we want to dish out a ton of money for Lackey, which seems like a bad idea, we’re either going to have to hit the trade market, or focus exclusively on improving our offense. That is, unless Ben Sheets lowers his asking price from where it currently stands, which is apparently around $12MM a year.

This sucks.

Taylor’s Edit: Seriously, Rich Harden is trying to ruin his future career.  But on the bright side, I would love a Sheets deal.  I’ve heard different stuff about Sheets than Griffin has, apparently.  More of the 2 year, 18 million variety.  I have confidence that Z will find a nice shiny number 2 starter, but I’m not exactly confident that it will come in the form of Ben Sheets.  In other news, Adrian Gonzalez doesn’t seem to be available anymore.  Sitting and waiting, uncomfortable as it may be, is likely the best plan of (in)action for M’s fans at the moment.

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  • Chad

    As it stands right now, these winter meetings completely suck ass!

  • Chad

    Is it true that we actually turned down a Silva for Bradley deal? I know he has character issues, but come on.

  • http://sodomojo.com Griffin Cooper

    It was never confirmed that that was actually offered.

  • http://proballnw.com Jon

    I don’t think Harden is trying to “reestablish” his value. He’s had two seasons back to back about as healthy as he’s going to get. If he was trying to reestablish himself he wouldn’t be getting 7M+.

    I agree that Texas is a bad place for him, though. He’s a flyball pitcher nowadays. Too bad for M’s.

  • http://sodomojo.com/ Taylor

    Ben Sheets now. Ben Sheets now.

  • http://sodomojo.com Griffin Cooper

    Ben Sheets is asking for $12MM, which is ridiculous. He’s probably going to have to lower it, but I don’t see him signing with anyone until late January.

  • John O. Jones

    not sure I disagree but it is rather clear Texas is trying to get in the way of the Ms building a lineup that will help them leap frog to the top of the division. Note how they are helping the Red Sox make way for Beltre. Another sign they don’t want the Ms to get better. I am looking for another dagger in the Angels heart as well. Maybe Lackey? Oliver? Guerrero. Now that would be sweet!!