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reenum wrote:Maybe the A's would be better off converting him to a closer and trading Street.
This will never happen.
AmericanShipbuilding wrote:This will never happen.
I'm not so sure it will NEVER happen. If there was any evidence Harden could stay healthy as a closer where he is unable to stay healthy as starter, why wouldn't Beane consider it? Sure he's worth more a starter, but he's only valuable if he can actually pitch. Of course, I'm not sure there IS any evidence to suggest this is a viable solution, so it's kind of moot.
The A's really need to take a good long look at their trainers/physical therapists/doctors/etc. Their inability to stay healthy seems slightly more than coincidental.
reenum wrote:We all know he has filthy stuff and a shocking inability to stay healthy while starting. Maybe the A's would be better off converting him to a closer and trading Street.
Starters who become closers have been succeeding in recent years (see Smoltz and Nathan), and it's already happened this year once (Brett Myers). I just think that Harden is worth more to the A's on the field than as a guy on the DL with mythical amounts of potential.
Just a thought.
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