Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday that the A’s have brought back Rich Harden on a one-year, $1.5 million deal with incentives.
Harden was drafted by Oakland in the 17th round in 2000 and spent his first five big league years there before being traded to the Cubs during his sixth, 2008.
Plagued by injuries year-in and year-out, Harden hasn’t reached 150 innings since his career high of 189 2/3 in 2004. Still, on an inexpensive contract — even if his velocity has taken a hit as his injuries have mounted — he’s a perennial low-risk, high-reward guy.
It’s been a busy week for the A’s, who also brought in Hideki Matsui, Brandon McCarthy and Joey Devine.