Report: Red Sox Inquire About A’s Starter Rich Harden

With a beat-up rotation, the Red Sox are quietly poking around the majors to see what starters may be available. One name they've reportedly inquired about is Oakland A's righty Rich Harden.

Peter Gammons has reported that the Sox have shown interest in the oft-injured starter. Harden, who has spent the majority of the 2011 season on the DL, is 1-1 with a 5.00 ERA in three starts. He's struck out 17 while walking four in 18 innings.

The 29-year-old had his best season in 2008, when he finished 10-2 with a 2.07 ERA and 11 strikeouts per nine innings between the A's and the Cubs.

ESPN's Jayson Stark reported that Boston certainly has interest, but they'd "like to do something bigger."

Harden signed a one-year, $1.5 million dollar deal to return to his original club this past offseason.

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