Scouts from the Brewers and Orioles watched as Aaron Harang pitched in a minor league game today, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Harang, who doesn’t have a clear role on the Dodgers’ pitching staff at this point, pitched three scoreless innings. The 34-year-old appears to be a likely trade candidate given his team’s pitching depth.
Harang started 31 games for the Dodgers last year, posting a 3.61 ERA with 6.6 K/9 and 4.3 BB/9 in 179 2/3 innings. The 34-year-old will earn $7MM in 2013 and his contract includes a $7MM mutual option with a $2MM buyout for 2014.
http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2013/03/b ... arang.html
Even though we have a pretty shaky top four starting pitchers, and we'd be able to get Harang for scraps, I would not be a fan of trade to acquire him.
- he posted career bests or near career bests in ERA, H/9, HR/9 at age 34
- he posted a career high walk rate and near career low strikeout rate last year
- a 1.403 WHIP, 4.14 FIP, and 4.95 xFIP suggest a mid 3 ERA is simply unsustainable
- he is expensive at $7mil this year and at least a $2mil buyout for 2014
- pitching in the national league, in two pitcher's parks, he suddenly posts respectable ERA's.
Aaron Harang is not much of an upgrade over Steve Johnson in my opinion. Chris Capuano is the more attractive piece.