Not even a week after he was traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Colorado Rockies, veteran pitcher Aaron Harang will now be headed to the Seattle Mariners. The Rockies were not expected to keep Harang, as they designated him for assignment within hours of acquiring him.
In return for Harang, the Mariners will send minor league reliever Steven Hensley to Colorado. Hensley is a 26-year-old right-hander out of Elon University and has made two appearances in AAA in 2013.
Harang has been around the league for a while, playing for the Oakland Athletics, Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres along with the Dodgers in his 11 year career. He has posted an ERA of 4.19 with a record of 105-104 in those 11 seasons.
Harang is 34 and has seen his fastball velocity decline steadily over the last three years. At best, he is an option at the back-end of a rotation.
Blake Beavan has had major struggles in his first two starts of the season, allowing five runs in both and he could be out of a job. Beavan has been incredibly mediocre in his 43 career starts, posting a 4.50 ERA with a 16-18 record.
Harang adds a nice veteran presence that the Mariners’ rotation could really use, but I don’t fully understand what GM Jack Zduriencik was thinking on this move. I like the fact that I will no longer have to see Beavan pitch because he is just awful, but the Mariners had other options like Jeremy Bonderman or Erasmo Ramirez waiting in the minor leagues that could have filled a rotation spot.
Unlike Colorado or Los Angeles, Harang will have a spot in the rotation in Seattle, but hopefully he is just a placeholder until Danny Hultzen is ready to be called up.