Rangers Claim Ryan Tucker, DFA Rich Harden

The Rangers have claimed Ryan Tucker off waivers from the Marlins, according to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post (via Twitter). To make room on their roster for Tucker, Texas designated Rich Harden for assignment, tweets MLB Network Radio Executive Producer Brent S. Gambill.

Tucker, 23, was selected 34th overall by the Marlins in the supplemental round of the 2005 draft. Though Baseball America ranked him as Florida's sixth-best prospect prior to the season, the right-hander struggled in 32 minor league appearances this year, posting a 5.72 ERA over 67.2 innings. Tucker enjoyed his best season in 2008, when he was named the Marlins' minor league pitcher of the year and made 13 appearances for the big league club.

Harden, meanwhile, signed a one-year contract last winter which includes an $11MM mutual option for 2011. Considering the righty didn't even pitch well enough this year to crack the Rangers' ALDS roster, the team figures to have to pay the $1MM buyout.

24 Responses to Rangers Claim Ryan Tucker, DFA Rich Harden Leave a Reply

  1. How far Rich Harden has fallen. Let’s see how long it takes the Yankees to nab him; they seem to dig over-priced, under-achieving pitchers.

    • EdinsonPickle 5 years ago

      I figure that the Nats might make a run at him too. I think they’ll sign at least one of the several injury prone pitchers on the market. Chris Young, Harden, or Webb. Although I still don’t think Webb would be a good option.

  2. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    The Marlins have to pick him up 1yr$2MM

  3. yazpik 5 years ago

    Come on Jack, sign Harden to a 1 year 1.5 million, maybe Young too, in the best case, (injuries):FelixHardenYoungVargasPineda2 millions for Young and 1.5 for Harden and maybe Sheets too

    High risk, high reward sometimes work

    • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

      So Doug Fister just gets forgotten?

      • yazpik 5 years ago

        Doug Fister is good, and could be useful if one of these guys is injured…

        Or maybe the fifth starter too if he´s not ready (Pineda)

        • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

          If one of these guys is injured? Have you not seen the career history of Young and Hardens injuries? If anything, Fister should be in there instead of both Young and Harden.

  4. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    Okay you guys pick, Rich Harden, or Roy Halladay at this current moment (completely pitching an epic incredible no-hitter).

    • IHateJoeBuck 5 years ago

      Harden hands down. What’s Roy Halladay ever done?

      • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

        He’s only pitched a couple no hitters this season

  5. Sorry Rich Harden but this next week belongs to Harry Leroy Halladay the III

    • jb226 5 years ago

      Holy crap, that’s his name? No wonder he goes by “Roy.”

  6. CrustyJuggler 5 years ago

    I could see Seattle taking a flier on the local boy. As we sit, its looking like Felix, Vargas, Fister, Pineda and Pauley in the 2011 rotation. Pauley was a pleasant surprise this year and could sneak in as a #5 type. Pineda is still an unknown and might not make the team out of ST and having the Vargas/Fister combo as your #2/#3 is not a good rotation.

    I honestly could see them giving Harden a go or maybe even re-signing Erik Bedard to another low base, incentive laden contract. They need some low-risk/high-upside arms in 2011.

  7. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    You’re right Larry. Good points. Maybe he was thinking of Igawa, Vazquez, Irabu, Wang, and Burnett…Just a few Yankee acquistisitions who are most known for their bad pitching moments.

  8. Zack23 5 years ago

    And they signed them coming off the season Harden just had?
    Nope, just someone trying to take a shot at the Yankees

  9. mattmontero 5 years ago

    How about Dicek (paid much more than Igawa), Lackey (equals brunett), beckett (mid four era, paid for being an ace) for the sox? And they are all on the team right now! Wang was a good pitcher before his injury, not see what your talking about there. Every team makes mistakes, the best scouting department ever would make mistakes.

  10. dawgpaddlez 5 years ago

    wang? they had wang when he was actually a good serviceable pitcher…it was the nats that picked him up when he was an underachiever injury prone pitcher..im not a yankee fan but credit is due for getting his productive years for cheap without ever giving into an extension/high arbitration cases

  11. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    What are you talking about?

  12. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    I said pitchers who are most known for their bad moments on the Yanks.

  13. jwredsox 5 years ago

    Dice K also had a a huge year in 2007 to lead the Sox to the World Series, and same with Beckett. Igawa is way more of a bust because he contributed nothing at all, barely even innings.

  14. jwredsox 5 years ago

    And if you want to get into $ based on WAR Becket has been worth 17.36mil per year for the Sox for his 5 seasons. And seeing as he was paid 21.2mil total over his first 3 years I know he has been well worth the money without even looking up how much he made this year and last. And DiceK has been worth 43.3mil in his 4 seasons with the sox while Igawa was worth under 1mil. DiceK has one year left and should top 50mil value which means he was a “waste” of 50mil despite actually logging some innings and getting a Championship. Meanwhile Igawa will be paid 43mil to sit in AAA and do nothing for the big league club. I’d rather have Dice K.

  15. TapDancingTeddy 5 years ago

    Wang won 19 games two years in a row. His rookie year he helped us get to the postseason when injuries to the rest of the staff were a disaster. How is he most known for bad moments on the Yanks?

  16. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    I’m not saying I remember him for his bad moments, but every 8 out of 10 Yankee fans would remember the bad.

  17. TapDancingTeddy 5 years ago

    Respectfully, I disagree. I live and work in NY and only one Yank fan I’ve ever spoken to doesn’t remember Wang’s work fondly and wish him well. That guy is one of those lovers of emotional players, and as such, he never liked Wang’s impassive mound demeanor.

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