Harden, a 26-year-old right-hander, led the Athletics pitching staff this season with a 5-1 record and a 2.34 ERA in 13 starts. He has 92 strikeouts in only 77 innings, and has allowed only five home runs in 2008.
However, Harden has not made 30 starts in a season since making 31 in 2004. He made only 16 combined starts in 2006 and 2007 while suffering from back and arm issues. He has a 36-19 career mark in 97 appearances in parts of six seasons, all with Oakland. He has been on the disabled list at least once a year since 2005.