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Rockies drawing plenty of trade interest in Aaron Harang

Apr 8, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Over the weekend the Rockies traded catcher Ramon Hernandez to the Dodgers for right-hander Aaron Harang in a swap of unwanted players with sizable contracts. Colorado immediately designated Harang for assignment, showing no intention of him ever pitching for the Rockies, and it looks like they’ll be able to swap him to another team.

Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Red Sox, Twins, and Astros have all shown interest in Harang, which makes sense. Boston’s rotation may have just lost John Lackey and both Minnesota and Houston are short on capable starter depth overall.

Harang is owed $7 million this season with an $8 million mutual option or $2 million buyout for next year, but the Dodgers agreed to pay $4.25 million of that money to get rid of him. Despite being unwanted Harang has been a perfectly good mid-rotation starter for the past two seasons, throwing 350 innings with a 3.62 ERA (and mediocre secondary numbers).

  1. Jeremiah Graves - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    YES! YES! YES!

    (Note: the fact that a potential Aaron Harang acquisition gets me this excited should tell you where the general state of mind is for residents of Twins Territory…granted, we’re 4-2, so we’ve basically already won the World Series.)

    • tmhofficial - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      What do you have against Correia and Pelfrey?!

      I’m 100% joking. Bring on Harang.

  2. bougin89 - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    I’d say the Brewers should jump into the mix for Harang but he is probably a little too expensive for them at this point. Plus, we have basically no young talent that we can afford to trade for him.

  3. themagicfanguy - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Sox will get him if the asking price isn’t ridiculous.

  4. losanginsight - Apr 8, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    This guy is a home run pitching machine.

  5. turdfurgerson68 - Apr 8, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Red Sox should pass…no more prospects for a short-term rental.

  6. huffdaddyco - Apr 8, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    I bet the Astros want to send Alex White back to the Rox.

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