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Locking up Harden Long Term

So we've got Rich under control for next year, but at what point do we start considering locking him up beyond next year? That seems to be Hendry's MO with his stars in the year before free agency... but is Rich Harden different?

He's just 26, and he's been absolutely dominant (the latter part of today's effort aside), but he's hardly a model of health. Of course, in that way, it almost makes as much sense for Harden to play out next year without a long-term deal as it does for the Cubs. If he can (finally) make it through a full season without an extended DL stint, he's gonna raaaaake it in.

Thoughts? Worth the risk? How many years? How much money?

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