In the 2000 draft, the right-hander was the seventh overall pick out of high school but turned down $4.1 million (he wanted $4.95 million) from the Rockies. He sat out the year, fired his agent and hired Scott Boras. In '01, Harrington was a No. 58 pick by the Padres, but on the advice of Boras, rejected a $1.2 million bonus. In '02, Harrington was taken by the Devil Rays in the 13th round but walked away from Tampa's offer. In '03, he was taken by the Reds in the 24th round; in '04, he was picked in the 36th round by the Yankees; and in last spring's drafted he wasn't selected.
Last month Harrington was entering his fourth season with the Fort Worth Cats of the independent American Association (he is 10-11 with a 4.00 ERA over 62 games), and recently pitched in relief for hot prospect Luke Hochevar, who was drafted by the Dodgers last year but turned down a $2.98 million bonus. "His stuff has regressed over the years," says an NL team executive. "If anyone takes a chance on him it's only because of what kind of player he once was."