Mariners acquire Harang to bolster rotation

Los Angeles Dodgers v San Diego PadresLooking to bolster a pitching staff that has looked a little shaky in the early going, the Mariners acquired veteran right-hander Aaron Harang on Thursday in a trade with the Rockies.

The Mariners sent Minor League right-hander Steven Hensley to Colorado in exchange for the 11-year veteran.

The Mariners also received what a Mariners source called “significant cash” from the Rockies to help offset Harang’s salary.

Right-handed reliever Kameron Loe was designated for assignment by the Mariners to make room for Harang on the 40-man roster. Loe surrendered six home runs in 6 2/3 innings for Seattle after making the club as a non-roster invite.

Harang is expected to join the Mariners on Friday. He hasn’t pitched since Spring Training when he was with the Dodgers, so it’s not certain if he’ll immediately join the Mariners rotation or start out in the bullpen.

Harang, 34, is under contract for $7 million for this season, plus either a $2 million buyout for 2014 or a mutual option for between $7-8 million depending on how many innings he pitches this season.

Harang was 10-10 with a 3.61 ERA in 179 2/3 innings with the Dodgers last season, then was traded last Saturday for catcher Ramon Hernandez, with the Dodgers including $4.25 million to offset some of Harang’s salary.

The Rockies immediately designated Harang for assignment and began shopping him, with several clubs expressing interest in the 11-year veteran.

Harang has a career record of 105-104 with a 4.19 ERA in 299 starts. He pitched eight seasons for the Reds from 2003-10, then was 14-7 with a 3.64 ERA for the Padres in 2011 before signing as a free agent with the Dodgers last year.

The Mariners rotation currently includes rookie Brandon Maurer and young right-hander Blake Beavan, who have both struggled in their first two starts.

Seattle does have some quality pitching prospects at Triple-A Tacoma, including 2011 first-round Draft pick Danny Hultzen, as well as veteran Jeremy Bonderman. But Harang adds proven depth to a rotation topped by Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma and Joe Saunders.

Hensley, 26, had appeared in two games in relief for Triple-A Tacoma this season, allonw one earned run on two hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings. He’d been a starter most of his Minor League career, but was moved to the bullpen last year and posted a 4-6 record with a 4.84 ERA in 44 appearances for Tacoma and Double-A Jackson.

2 Comments

Hope Beavan is not traded, he is my favorite starting pitcher

this ended up on a different thread then it intended. Beaven is my favorite pitcher, I hope he remains a starter! I could see Harang trading places with Maurer, if Harang is in the bullpen to start out.

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