Cubs' Harden claimed on waivers

Major league sources told on Thursday that Chicago Cubs right-handed pitcher Rich Harden of Victoria has been claimed off waivers.

Victoria native has 3-1 record, 1.80 ERA since all-star break

By early next week, Rich Harden may be calling somewhere other than Chicago his baseball home.

Major league sources told on Thursday that the Cubs' right-handed pitcher had been claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Twins.

The Cubs have until Monday afternoon to work out a trade for the Victoria native, allow Harden to depart on a claim or pull him back from waivers.

In eight starts since the all-star break, Harden has a 3-1 record and 1.80 earned-run average. He is 8-7 in 22 starts overall this season with a 3.99 ERA.

Harden is earning $7 million US in 2009 and projects as a Type A free agent, meaning the Cubs could collect two high draft picks if they offer him salary arbitration and lose him on the open market.

Harden was acquired in a trade from Oakland last July 8. After going 5-1 with a 2.34 ERA in 13 starts for Oakland, he won five of his 12 outings as a Cub with a 1.77 ERA and allowed just 39 hits over 71 innings.