Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Yanks may be interested in Harden

The San Francisco Chronicle(hat tip to is reporting that "according to one source" the Yankees have interest in Oakland A's right-hander Rich Harden. They go on to say that even though Harden has been injured in each of the last three seasons there will be no discount. Apparently the asking price is "Ian Kennedy, for starters, and perhaps pitchers Alan Horne and Jeff Marquez as well."

If that's the case then Billy Beane is out of his mind.

I wouldn't trade Kennedy straight up for the injury-prone Harden. Maybe a pitcher like Horne or Marquez, and some lower level prospect, that might be worth the risk of trading for a guy that has a very good chance of ending up on the DL.

I'd rather see the Yankees go into the season with what they have now, especially when their only options will end up on the DL, and cost an arm and a leg. I also think this starting staff, as is, could turn out to be very good.


Victor said...

I wouldn't trade them anything of value. Not worth it. Out of all the arms we have, we can find an in house option. If not by the start of the season, several should emerge by the second month or so. It would be ridiculous to trade a decent pitcher, let alone a STARTING pitcher for Harden.

Greg Cohen said...

I agree, a pitcher like Horne, Marquez, McCutchen, Karstens, Rasner, etc., should be able to contribute if the Yankees are that desperate for a starter.

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Anonymous said...

I wouldn't trade for Harden either but I'll tell you there seems to be more then a little concern about what we are breaking camp with. I don't think the Yankees will have the luxury off adding help a month or two into the season. They survived last years slow start and not by much. The Tigers will be better this year and Cleveland is a serious threat. Add Boston and maybe, just maybe the Blue Jays into the mix and the wildcard race figures to be very tight and that doesn't even include the West. Throw in Hank and a first year manager and you have a recipe for a tough year. I admit I was a trade for Santana guy and now only time will tell but we are asking a lot from these kids.

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