The Twins have signed 31-year old righty starting pitcher Rich Harden to a minor league deal. Harden missed all of last season due to shoulder surgery. He last pitched in the majors in 2011 for the Oakland A’s. Harden pitched in 15 games (all starts) for the A’s in 2011 and he was 4-4 with a 5.12 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. Harden has now pitched in 170 games (160 starts) in his first 9 years in the majors and he is 59-38 with a 3.76 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. Harden has now given up 781 hits and 422 walks in his first 928 1/3 innings so far this year while whiffing 949 batters, which is impressive. Harden is a good pitcher when healthy, so the Twins are rolling the dice and they are giving him a chance to revive his major league career.