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UPDATE: Padres agree to deal with Aaron Harang

Dec 3, 2010, 8:17 PM EDT


UPDATE: The deal is essentially done. No word on the specifics yet, but according to Corey Brock of, Harang only needs to pass a physical for the contract to become official.

4:47 PM: Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that the Padres “could be close to signing” Aaron Harang, although he attaches an amusing “according to two sources who declined to be identified because they are not authorized to speak on the matter” disclaimer.

We may have reached absurd levels when it comes to putting unnamed sources into context, but whatever. Harang is a San Diego native and, like all pitchers trying to resurrect their career, would benefit from calling Petco Park home.

He just finished a four-year, $34.5 million contract, compiling a ghastly 18-38 record in the final three seasons of the deal.  With a 4.71 ERA and 377/131 K/BB ratio in 458 innings his secondary numbers were much better than the win-loss record suggests, but his days of being a top-of-the-rotation starter are gone.

Still, the Padres are looking for someone to eat innings after losing Jon Garland and Kevin Correia (and Chris Young), and Harang would certainly be worth a low-cost flier.

  1. icanspeel - Dec 3, 2010 at 4:56 PM

    San Diego is the perfect place for a pitcher to go to resurrect their career.

  2. xpensivewinos - Dec 3, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    Hello, Jeff Francis? Yeah, you’re next……

  3. ngearhart1981 - Dec 3, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    Know what would be a great place for a pitcher to resurrect his career? San Diego.

  4. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 3, 2010 at 5:48 PM

    This has nothing to do with this near-deal, I apologize, but there seriously needs to be a montage of here of the best facial expressions pitchers have when throwing the ball. This picture reminded me of that. Harang looks like he just ate a whole salmon filet in one bite.

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