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Mariners acquire Aaron Harang from Rockies

Apr 11, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

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It seemed obvious that the Rockies knew they could find a taker for Aaron Harang when they designated him for assignment immediately after acquiring him from the Dodgers for Ramon Hernandez last week and sure enough Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that they’re close to trading him to the Mariners.

According to Rosenthal the two sides are in the process of getting approval from MLB, which is required whenever a trade involves more than $1 million in cash. Harang is making $7 million this season with a $7 million mutual option or $2 million buyout for 2014, although the Dodgers already chipped in $4.25 million to cover much of that.

Harang falling out of favor with the Dodgers had more to do with their rotation depth than his performance, which has been pretty solid for the past two seasons with a 3.62 ERA in 59 starts. His secondary numbers haven’t been nearly as good, but it won’t be tough for Harang to be an upgrade in Seattle’s rotation.

UPDATE: It’s a done deal. Colorado sends Harang and cash to Seattle for 26-year-old minor-league reliever Steven Hensley, who isn’t much of a prospect.

  1. tmhofficial - Apr 11, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Captivating.

  2. gloccamorra - Apr 11, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Well, there aren’t many places a fly ball pitcher can go and not get clobbered, and Seattle is one of those places.

    Wait! Didn’t they move in the fences there, too? Whoops.

    • seattlej - Apr 11, 2013 at 5:45 PM

      Small sample caveat, but 13 HRs in three game — this is not the Safeco that I’m accustomed to.

  3. davidpom50 - Apr 11, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Things that annoy me as a Dodger fan: Dodgers needed to get rid of Aaron Harang. Dodgers needed to pick up an outfielder who can play decent defense and spell Ethier or Crawford against tough lefties. Mariners needed an Aaron Harang. Mariners had an extra Casper Wells lying around. It all made perfect sense, and yet the Mariners got Harang, but somehow the Blue Jays got Wells and the Dodgers got Ramon Friggin’ Hernandez, and still don’t have a proper 4th outfielder who can hit left handed pitching.

  4. jkaflagg - Apr 11, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Considering how many teams are hurting for starting pitchers, surprising the Dodgers couldn’t get more than a catcher who’d already been DFA’ed…..they will eventually need to dump Lilly or Capuano as well, it will be interesting to see if they will get more back for them….

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