Harden returns to A's with one-year deal

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Oakland - The Oakland Athletics agreed to terms with pitcher Rich Harden on a one-year contract Tuesday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but a report last week in the Oakland Tribune indicated it is worth $1.5 million.

The 29-year-old British Columbia native spent last year with Texas but struggled to a 5-5 record with a 5.58 earned run average in 20 games, 18 as a starter. The right-hander was sidelined by a left gluteal muscle strain from mid-June to late July, then by right shoulder tendinitis for two weeks in August.

Harden has had an injury-plagued career since breaking into the big leagues with the Athletics in 2003. He has not recorded 30 starts in a season since making 31 in 2004 and has also never topped 190 innings in a season.

His best seasons came in 2004-05 with the Athletics, when he won a combined 21 games in 53 starts before injuries began to take their toll.

He made only 16 combined turns in 2006 and 2007 while suffering from back and arm issues and has been placed on the disabled list at least once a year since 2005.

Over the course of his eight-year career, Harden has compiled a 55-34 mark with a 3.63 ERA in 155 games -- 145 as a starter -- with the A's, Cubs and Rangers. In 2008, he was 5-1 with a 2.34 ERA in 13 outings with Oakland before being shipped to Chicago on July 8 and finished the campaign 5-1 with a 1.77 ERA in 12 starts for the Cubs.


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