The Colorado Rockies added a new starting pitcher to their staff. With an already-packed starting rotation, the Los Angeles Dodgers decided it was best to ship Aaron Harang to the Rockies for catcher Ramon Hernandez. The Rockies also received cash considerations.
“Ramon gives us invaluable experience and additional leadership at the catching position,” Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said in a statement shortly after the trade. “He’s worked with great pitching staffs in the past and we feel he will provide solid contributions to our pitchers and a great resource for (current catcher) A.J. (Ellis).” Hernandez saw limited play time in his only full season with the Rockies, appearing in 52 games. He batted .217.
So what will Harang bring to the Rockies? How about experience?
Harang has a career record of 105-104 and a 4.19 ERA. He was 10-10 with the Dodgers last season (3.61 ERA) in 31 starts. He has also played with the San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds and broke into the big leagues in 2002 with the Oakland A’s. Against Colorado, Harang had a career mark of 6-6, with a 4.50 ERA. He has had a small degree of success pitching at Coors Field, but that’s hardly relevant since he won’t be pitching against Rockies hitters. However, in his seven career starts at Coors Field, he has a 3-2 record and bloated 5.63 ERA.
The Dodgers’ off-season acquisitions of Hyun-jin Ryu and Zack Greinke made Harang the odd man out. The Rockies are hoping that the 34-year-old veteran will work with some of the younger pitchers in the starting rotation, much like Greg Maddux did when he joined the Dodgers late in his career.