Oct.1, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Aaron Harang (44) pitches against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Padres Would Be Wise To Call On Aaron Harang

In case you have been in a cave or a coma over the last few weeks, we have seen the Dodgers throw money around like the Monopoly guy. They have spent a ridiculous amount of money on players and they are in contract talks to sign Babe Ruth and Cap Anson to big contracts.(Who cares if they are dead).

Okay, so I made that last little tidbit up, but suffice to say, the Dodgers are loaded. Hopefully their abundance of starting pitching can help the Padres bring back a familiar face in San Diego native Aaron Harang.

As you remember, Harang pitched for the Padres in 2011 and had a very solid season, winning 14 games for the Padres. They declined his option for ’12 and he signed a 2-year deal with Los Angeles. Harang posted similar results for the Dodgers, posting a 3.61 ERA in 31 starts.

Am I calling Harang the answer to our prayers? That undisputed ace that we know that will lead the Padres staff. Of course not. In the words of Balki Bartkomous: “Don’t be ridiculous!” (Bonus points if you get that reference).

However, their are no aces available. Anibal Sanchez seems too pricey and the other options do not sound too scintillating. Harang’s contract will not be a major obstacle and he should not cost much more than a mid-level prospect at this point. Harang is due to make $7 million in 2013 and has a mutual option for 2014, that could be worth as much as $8 million.

Harang would fit into the rotation nicely and should give the Padres 175 innings of sub-4.00 ERA pitching. Sure, it’s not sexy, but he would be a solid veteran for the Padres. What do you think the Padres should do. Yell at me in the comments.

Tags: Aaron Harang San Diego Padres

  • http://www.facebook.com/dallasislame Dallas S. McLaughlin

    Let me be the first to yell at you! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Please, no. We already have Jason Marquis. We had Kip Wells. If you really want Harang back, then please pay for it. We should spend zero money on guys like that. I’ll take a young triple A guy at the league minimum any day!

  • ballybunion

    Harang would require a trade, and trades with the Dodgers have been few and far between. The Padres have Richard, Volquez, Marquis, Stults, and Bass, with Tyson Ross as long relief/swingman, with Kelly and Erlin ready mid-season and Luebke and Wieland late, if not 2014. There’s a stream of young pitchers coming up through 2017, so no need for another one year veteran for the rest of the decade. Harang would be insurance, and pretty expensive at that, with the others mostly making minimum.