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Rangers close to deal for Rich Harden and his electric, but creaky, arm

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Rich Harden's career post-Cubs is going South. All the way to Texas, that is.

ESPN's Buster Olney has the Canadian right-hander signing a one-year deal - pending a physical, which is no slam dunk here - for smewhere in the $7 to $8 million range.

Harden was one of those Cubs moves that was easy to get excited about when he came over in 2008 from Oakland one day after the Milwaukee Brewers added C.C. Sabathia. Great fastball. Ridiculous changeup - one of the filthiest in baseball. And a strikeout pitcher mentality that fit in with the staff of a team riding pitching to the postseason.

But. (Isn't there always a but with big Cubs moves?

But he just couldn't stay healthy, especially for a guy you look to to be a workhorse, staff ace-type.

On and healthy? Unhittable at times. But seldom on and healthy.

But now he looks to get a fresh start in a warm climate, perhaps just what a tender arm needs to goose a career.

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