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Postby warbird1 » Fri Mar 26, 2004 1:35 pm

Is Harden worth holding on to? With the terrible spring he has had, i am thinking Cliff Lee of Cleveland might have a better year.
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Postby Cornbread Maxwell » Fri Mar 26, 2004 2:09 pm

I would try and use Harden as a sweetener in a trade. His percieved value is higher than his actual value at this point.
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Postby j_d_mcnugent » Fri Mar 26, 2004 2:17 pm

i was thinking about dropping him/trading him. his last outing was an improvement though. it wasnt dominant but it was an improvement. he scattered 7 hits over 5 scoreless against the cubs. i decided to give him a little bit more time but he is on a short leash right now.
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Postby Kegglers » Fri Mar 26, 2004 2:20 pm

harden is a true talent, but really only has one pitch. fastball. he needs to develop a couple more pitches. over time playing with zito, hudson, mulder he will. that may be a season away though. i'd do like cornbread said and use him as a sweetner in a deal.just think of a one for one trade that really favors you and add harden in the deal and watch it get done.
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Postby zbenzo » Fri Mar 26, 2004 2:33 pm

Harden will be erratic this year. He'll look like either the next coming of Mark Prior or he could look like the next Mark Fydrich (wildness). Can't believe I referenced the Bird.
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Postby jbones733 » Fri Mar 26, 2004 7:00 pm

Yeah Harden wll be up & down, he is a better prospect than Lee but Lee looks to be more major league ready, that being said Harden did finally pitch 5 SO innings yesterday, though he gave up 8 hits
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Postby hybrid » Sat Mar 27, 2004 6:34 am

Kegglers wrote:harden is a true talent, but really only has one pitch. fastball. he needs to develop a couple more pitches. over time playing with zito, hudson, mulder he will. that may be a season away though. i'd do like cornbread said and use him as a sweetner in a deal.just think of a one for one trade that really favors you and add harden in the deal and watch it get done.


how does what you said make any sense? "he is a true talent....but only has one pitch". your right he is a talent but saying he only has one pitch to me seems like you don't think he is a talent at all. it takes more then one pitch to be one. also he has more then one pitch so i really don't know what your talking about.
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Postby CrimeDog » Sat Mar 27, 2004 11:43 am

Harden is a decent guy to have on your bench because of the potential of a breakout, but I think Cliff Lee is a guy you can put in your lineup most weeks and be pretty happy with the results, I'd go with Lee.
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Postby jpbusta » Sat Mar 27, 2004 11:55 am

I have harden on one of my teams. I think it's worthed to hold on to him in the bench at least until we see how he does.
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Postby d18Mike » Sat Mar 27, 2004 4:14 pm

If he were on a better team and left to stew in AAA for another year, I'd take J. Bonderman over Harden. Harden is a good pitcher, but remarkably overvalued. Bonderman has absolutely senastional stuff. But he doesn't know how to pitch yet.
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