Report: Rich Harden May Be An Attractive Bullpen Option For Some

Wednesday January 4th, 2012

Some teams view free-agent hurler Rich Harden more attractive as a potential reliever than a starter, according to Fox Sports.

Harden, 30, who has served as a starter throughout his nine-year-career, has earned a reputation as being one of the more injury prone starters in the league. His talent, however, is undeniable, which is why one team inevitably gives him a chance to make an impact in their rotation each season. In 928.1 career innings Harden has posted a 59-38 record with a 3.76 ERA and 949 strikeouts.

Some believe that if the right-handed hurler converts to the bullpen there is a much better chance he will be able to ward off injuries, and stick as a productive member of a team’s bullpen. While Harden has only made 10 career appearances in relief, many former starting pitchers such as John Smoltz and Eric Gange have found success after a move to the bullpen. Last season Harden went 4-4 with a 5.12 ERA in 15 starts for the Oakland Athletics. He struck out 91 batters in 82.2 innings pitched.

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