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Red Sox Were Eyeing Rich Harden?

Rich Harden (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

UPDATE, 6:45 p.m.: Rich Harden is reportedly signing with the Texas Rangers, who also traded Kevin Milwood to the Orioles for relief pitcher (and former closer) Chris Ray.

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The Red Sox are said to be eyeing oft-injured starting pitcher Rich Harden, and could sign him to a similar deal they signed Brad Penny and John Smoltz to before last season. Harden is reportedly “willing to sign a one-year deal with a lot of incentives.” According to FoxSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi, the Red Sox, Yankees, and Mariners are seriously interested in his services.

Last year, Harden earned $7 million with the Cubs last season, going 9-9 with a 4.09 ERA in 26 starts. Still just 28 years old, Harden could be a really nice low-risk, high-reward candidate. While the dollar amount he’s seeking is unknown, Harden could seek the money Brad Penny got from the Cardinals (1 year, $7.5 million), since Penny had a less impressive year in 2009 (11-9, 4.88 ERA).

In other news…

Sox Interested in Ryan Shealy, Coco Crisp

Former hot prospect Ryan Shealy, who has largely been a bust at the major league level, could sign a minor league deal with the Red Sox, based on a tweet by Bob Dutton. Shealy hit .301 with 7 HRs and 20 RBI in just 20 games in 2009.

As we reported earlier, the Sox may also be interested in signing Coco Crisp.

Yankees Re-sign Andy Pettitte

The Yankees kept at least 3/5 of their starting rotation in tact, signing longtime Yankee Andy Pettitte to a one-year deal worth $11.75 million. Pettitte, who will turn 38 next season, finished 14-8 with a 4.16 ERA in 2009.

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