The Colorado Rockies are reportedly interested in trading starting pitcher Aaron Harang to the Seattle Mariners as soon as possible. The Rockies acquired Harang last Saturday for catcher Ramon Hernandez and $4.25 million. However, the deal was clearly a way for the organization to obtain more players.
It is unknown exactly who the Rockies are interested in acquiring from the Mariners, but apparently, the franchise is looking for players to restock their depth in the minors. That means there will most likely be no big names exchanged for Harang. Colorado figures if they can get a couple of talented pitching prospects for the 34-year-old, then their moves in the past week will be ruled as a success.
It was a well-known fact that the Los Angeles Dodgers were trying to unload Harang this past offseason after they found themselves with a surplus of starting pitchers. The Milwaukee Brewers and Rockies were two teams that were interested in trading for the starter after scouting him during the spring.
If the Mariners do trade for Harang, they will have to pay him $7 million this season and another $7 million next year if they wish to keep him. The $7 million for next season is a vesting option that only goes into effect if he tosses more than 180 innings in 2013. Considering the 11-year veteran has been unable to reach that mark for the past four years, Seattle should not have to worry about it. If the Mariners feel that they no longer need his services in 2014, they will have the option to buyout his contract for $2 million.
Harang went 10-10 with a 3.61 earned run average, 131 strikeouts and 179 2/3 innings in 31 starts last season with the Dodgers.