Here are tweets from Rockies beat writer Troy Renck (not sure why he's doing this, since it doesn't involve the Rox), and national baseball writer Jerry Crasnick, on the status of former Cubs Mark Prior and Rich Harden:
I am hearing that Rich Harden is signing with Oakland, acc to sources. Will check it out further
Mark Prior has reached agreement on a minor league deal with New York Yankees, source says
Interesting. It's clear that Billy Beane has always had a soft spot for Harden, and we can assume that Larry Rothschild put in a word for Prior.