Phillies sign pitcher Harang to $5 million, 1-year deal
Jan. 05, 2015
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Aaron Harang's latest stop in the NL East is Philadelphia.
The Phillies signed the well-traveled pitcher to a $5 million, one-year contract on Monday. Harang joins his eighth major league team and third in the same division in three years.
Harang was 12-12 with a 3.57 ERA in 33 starts for the Atlanta Braves last season. The right-hander finished ninth in the National League in innings with 204 1-3.
The 36-year-old joins a rotation that currently includes ace lefties Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee. The rebuilding Phillies have already traded shortstop Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers and outfielder Marlon Byrd to Cincinnati.
"Aaron brings a wealth of experience and durability to our rotation," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "He had a very solid season for the Braves last year and will complement the left-handers in our rotation nicely."
Harang has a career record of 122-128 with a 4.21 ERA in 358 games, including 352 starts for Oakland, Cincinnati, San Diego, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle, New York Mets and Braves. Harang finished fourth in NL Cy Young voting in 2007 after going 16-6 with a 3.73 ERA for the Reds.
The Phillies had been looking to add more depth to their rotation. They signed righty Jerome Williams to a one-year deal after he went 4-2 with a 2.83 ERA in nine starts for them. Philadelphia agreed with veteran left-hander Wandy Rodriguez on a minor league contract, according to CSNPhilly.com.
David Buchanan and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez also are candidates for one of the five spots.