Is Rich Harden a good pitcher? Yes.
Can he be one of the best in the game when healthy? Yes.
But people are forgetting one fact about Harden: he allowed 23 homeruns as a Chicago Cub last year, and that was in only 26 starts.
The Cubs played half their games in Wrigley Field, where the ball jumps off the bat.
But the Ballpark In Arlington is no exception.
The two ballparks are the same type: they are VERY hitter friendly.
His deal with the Texas Rangers was just not worth it, as he signed to a 1 year $10 million contract. Harden might be the biggest bust signing this season. Imagine how much homeruns he would allow in a full season in Texas? Maybe 30 homeruns? It is definitely a strong possibility of he starts 30 or more games, especially as a Ranger in Texas.
Don't get me wrong: GM Jon Daniels tried to strengthen his starting rotation, but it just does not make sense why an injury prone player who gives up plenty of homeruns would get a $10 million contract, and the team's home ballpark is a hitter friendly ballpark.
Rich Harden's deal is just not worth it.