What Will Colorado Rockies do with Aaron Harang?

By Al Balderas
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA Today Sports

Will pitcher Aaron Harang ever appear in a game as a member of the Colorado Rockies?

Probably not.

Though the Rockies made the effort to acquire the right-handed veteran pitcher in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers (for catcher Ramon Hernandez), it’s beginning to seem more likely that he’ll be dangled as trade bait.

According to mlbtraderumors.com, the Los Angeles Angels will dip into their organization to replace pitching ace Jered Weaver (broken elbow) rather than trade for Harang. That doesn’t rule out interest from other teams, though.

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal last week said that the Minnesota Twins might be interested in acquiring Harang, but ESPN Radio in Minneapolis reported on Saturday that Twins officials said they weren’t interested.

Harang turned in a 3.61 ERA in 2012 with the Dodgers last season but his age (34) and declining numbers aren’t looking very attractive to anyone. And this is after the Dodgers agreed to pay $4.25 million of his $7 million contract for 2013.

Harang was designated for assignment shortly after being acquired by the Rockies, which means a couple of things. By being designated for assignment, the Rockies removed Harang from their 40-man roster. That means that they can place Harang on waivers (though that would have to be done within seven to 10 days), they can trade him, or they can release him.

The Boston Red Sox are another team that was mentioned as possibly needed Harang after John Lackey went out with an injury, but mlbtraderumors.com’s Charlie Wilmoth reported that the Bosox will probably go with Alfredo Aceves as a replacement.

That would leave the Houston Astros, who are in need of starting pitching, relief pitching, infielders, outfielders, batters and basically a new owner. But would such a pitiful team as the Astros have anyone of value for the Rockies?

Stranger things have happened.

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