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UPDATE: Dodgers sign Aaron Harang for two years

Dec 5, 2011, 3:55 PM EDT

Aaron Harang AP

3:55 p.m. EST update: FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi says it’ll be a two-year deal. Probably another Frank McCourt special: $2 million the first year, $8 million the second.

3:35 p.m. EST update: ESPN’s Jim Bowden reports that the Dodgers and Harang have agreed to terms. No money yet, but it’s probably a one-year deal. Harang will fit in at the back of the rotation, likely pushing young Nathan Eolvaldi back to Triple-A.

3:25 p.m. EST update: Sources tell FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal that the Dodgers and Harang are making progress on a deal.

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The Dodgers appear to have a full rotation after signing Chris Capuano to go along with Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Ted Lilly and Nathan Eolvaldi, but according to FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi, they’re showing interest in Aaron Harang.

It’d be a great fit for Harang, who wants to stay on the West Coast after signing with the Padres a year ago. He would have preferred San Diego brought him back, but the Padres declined a $5 million option for 2012. Harang will likely want a similar amount to sign on with the Dodgers.

Harang went 14-7 with a 3.64 ERA for the Padres last season, though it’s well worth noting that he had a 4.70 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP away from Petco Park. He’s not necessarily an upgrade on Eovaldi, a soon-to-be 22-year-old right-hander had a 3.63 ERA in six starts and four relief appearances for the Dodgers last season.

  1. b7p19 - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    I feel like I’ve seen this movie before. Only it was different. I beleive the main character was John Garland.

  2. dodger88 - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    I know some of the non old school stats show that Eovaldi may be somewhat overated, but I would much prefer to let someone his age try and fail instead of keeping him at AAA and going with another also ran like Harang. On a non guaranteed deal with a spring invite, sure but 1 (or 2) year committments are just nuts. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Go with minimum salary players instead of Ellis, Kennedy, Capuano et al and you can fit Kuroda and maybe even Fielder despite the payroll constraints. Frustrating……………

    • Matthew Pouliot - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:31 PM

      My thoughts exactly. But that’s Ned Colletti for you.

    • lanflfan - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:54 PM

      Eovaldi needs to be around the plate and cut down on the walks, but that is something that could be learned (painfully) at the major league level. He may never be more than a back-end starter, but a decent (and cheap) 4-5 guy could have let LA spend those bucks on a shiny new first baseman. Either Harang or Capuano would have been OK, but both is dipping one too often into the used pitchers grab bag.

      Needle Head Ned has done a decent job, but decent doesn’t cut it anymore. With Frank about to tossed onto his brains, Ned seems to be going out by doing the least he can to screw with long term money (Kemp aside, which was a no-brainer), which I am OK with, but plugging in veterans to block kids (and wasting 2012 money) is not smart baseball.

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    Colletti may not always be a genius at roster moves, but I like the Harang and Kemp signings, and he deserves credit for acting fast and trying to fill holes with a monster of an owner for the time being.

    • JBerardi - Dec 5, 2011 at 4:16 PM

      Why? Why act fast? What’s at stake?

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 5, 2011 at 4:25 PM

        Losing out on guys you want to sign?

    • hep3 - Dec 5, 2011 at 5:49 PM

      What about the over payment for Matt Treanor, Mark Ellis, Adam Kennedy, and Juan Rivera? And that is just this off season. Ned can waste more money than any GM in the majors.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Dec 5, 2011 at 7:36 PM

        RAJ would disagree with that.

  4. cerowb - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    Every time I read Eovaldi’s name, I always hear Vin Scully carefully pronouncing each syllable in my head, as he does on the broadcast. “Eeeeo-VALL-diii”. It’s just great

  5. dodger88 - Dec 5, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    2 years??!!!!

    Is this Coletti’s way of sabotaging his eventual successor assuming he is ousted by new owners?

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