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The Dodgers and Reds talk about Aaron Harang

Dec 17, 2009, 10:50 AM EDT

Aaron Harang headshot.jpgDylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times is reporting that the Dodgers and Reds are discussing a possible trade of starter Aaron Harang. Hernandez got this from “multiple baseball sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks.” Totally senstive. I mean, last time someone let a loose word slip about Aaron Harang a Nazi sub sank a troop transport in the north Atlantic and we lost 400 of our bravest fighting men.

Top secrecy aside, Harang was an above average horse for several years before some arm trouble — brought on by some overuse in my view — has led to a couple of pretty disappointing seasons.  He’s slated to make $12.5 million next season. If he’s traded, the $12.75 million he’s owed for 2011 becomes a mutual option with a $2.5 million buyout.  He also could pass himself off as Vincent Schiavelli’s son if he wanted to, and Vincent Schiavelli was pretty damn cool, God rest his soul.

Why a team in the sort of financial straits the Dodgers are in wants to acquire an average-at-best, Vincent Schiavelli lookalike workhorse for at least $15 million is beyond me, but I’m just a lowly blogger who don’t know nothin’ about anything.

  1. APBA Guy - Dec 17, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Craig, this is why you are the best: Vincent Schiavelli references. Was his career peak Dr. Kaufmann in “Tomorrow Never Dies”, or Lanny in “X-Files”?
    Anyway, the NL West as a whole has been pretty quiet this offseason. Only Arizona has made a big move (and I think getting Jackson plus Webb’s return will make them very tough in the 3 pitcher’s parks out here).
    If the Dodger’s are limited to making Harang type moves, then it could be a good year for the Rockies, who seem set. The Giants need a bat, and the Padres need a strategy.

  2. Beanster - Dec 17, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Has anyone estimated Dusty Baker’s negative value in terms of the cumulative net losses of the pitchers he’s (mis)managed?
    As a refresher, on May 25, 2008 he used the previously pretty good and durable Harang in an 18-inning game… for four innings and 63 pitches… on 2 days rest. If you want to be positive I guess you could say that since then, he’s fared better than Mark Prior.

  3. Eat a Peach - Dec 17, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Vincent Schiavelli managed to get himself into some amazing movies, and no, I’m not talking about Death to Smoochy.
    He had bit or supporting roles in the following films, ordered chronologically … drumroll please … The Great Gatsby, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Night Shift, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Amadeus, Better Off Dead, Ghost, The People vs Larry Flynt, and even got into a Bond flick in Tomorrow Never Dies. Pretty impressive resume, with too many tv appearances to mention. R.I.P.

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