Monday, January 05, 2015

And Along Came Aaron Harang

Ruben Amaro did something right.  I shit you not.  Aaron Harang has been signed to a 1 year $5M contract, which is quite the deal for a pitcher coming off a campaign in which he notched 12 wins, a 3.57 ERA, and 204.1 innings pitched.  Of course, his prior contract was of the minor league variety, he's 36 years old, and the prior season he posted a 5.40 ERA.  But I digress.

Things I Like About It:
1. Harang is huge!  6'7"/260 lb.
2. In 13 MLB seasons he's won 122 games with a 4.21 ERA in 2149.2 IP.
3. He's made 26+ starts in every season since 2004, except 2010 when he only started 20 games.
4. In 3 out of the past 4 years, he registered solid ERAs (2011- 3.64, 2012- 3.61, and 2014- 3.57).  That's remarkably consistent (minus the shit storm he brewed up in 2013).
5. It's a cheap 1 year deal.  If he replicates last year's success, he's trade fodder in July.
6. He kinda looks like Droopy Dog.

Phillies 2015 Rotation:
1. Cole Hamels
2. Cliff Lee
3. Aaron Harang
4. David Buchanan
5. Jerome Williams
Depth- Wandy Rodriguez, Jonathan Petibone, Kevin Slowley, Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez.


Robert Dalton said...

Braves just designated Tyler Pastornicky for assignment. He would be a decent pick up. In AAA he hits well 290's while 243 in majors in limited action. Plays SS and 2nd and would likely be an upgrade over a few players. Has a little pop and speed too at age 25.

GM-Carson said...

I'd rather Pastornicky play SS than Galvis. I feel Tyler has more upside and at least has hit in the minors, opposed to Freddy whose never really hit at any level.

Bob D said...

I'm really surprised that Aumont is still on roster. There have been a handful of players that were placed on waivers who would have been an upgrade. And Aumont would have likely gotten thru waivers himself with the option for minor league contract.

Also I really like this Odubel Herrera as a hitter. I really hope he can stick with the team all year.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Aumont is a waste. Stunned he's allowed a roster spot.

I am constantly checking and I don't understand why the Phils haven't made a waiver claim on some of these guys.

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