The (AL) West just got wilder.
Rich Harden has reportedly signed a one-year, $7.5 million deal with the Texas Rangers.
The deal, which is contingent upon Harden passing a physical, is believed to have an option for 2011 valued at $11.5 million.
The timing of the deal is no surprise as the Rangers traded incumbent staff ace , Kevin Millwood to Baltimore earlier today in exchange for reliever Chris Ray.
The swap netted the Rangers roughly $5-7 million worth of savings, leaving them with enough money to add one of the three big ôrisk vs. rewardö pitchers on the market.
The club showed no real interest in lefty Erik Bedard, but did seem intrigued by Harden and the player they covetedùand nearly signedùa year ago, Ben Sheets.
Sheets pric ...
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Article written by Jeremiah Graves