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Dodgers, Harang closing in on deal

Posted on: December 5, 2011 4:09 pm
Edited on: December 5, 2011 4:29 pm

By Matt Snyder

DALLAS -- The Dodgers are closing in on a deal with free agent starting pitcher Aaron Harang,'s Danny Knobler has learned. Signing Harang would round out the Dodgers rotation, as they have Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw at the top, followed by holdovers Chad Billingsley and Ted Lilly. Last week, the Dodgers added Chris Capuano via free agency, so Harang would be the fifth and final member of the rotation.

Harang, 33, was rejuvenated for San Diego in 2011. He was 18-38 with a 4.71 ERA and 1.44 WHIP his last three seasons in Cincinnati, but last year went 14-7 with a 3.64 ERA and 1.37 WHIP for the Padres. His home/road splits are troubling, though. Harang had a 3.05 ERA in spacious Petco Park while compiling a 4.70 road ERA. The good news for the Dodgers is that Dodger Stadium -- while not quite to the extent of Petco -- is also a known pitcher's park.

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Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2011 12:04 pm

Dodgers, Harang closing in on deal

Ned, are you losing your mind? If the Pads don't want him why would the Dodgers? All you're doing is adding re-treads to this team. We don't need re-treads we need to get younger. Put Eovaldi in the fifth spot and let's get going.

Since: Sep 2, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:42 am

Dodgers, Harang closing in on deal

The bat hit ball, ball goes bye-bye.  WHIPS in his range puts way too many men on base and away from Dodger Stadium they will score and score and score.  You can't exchange a Kuroda for a guy like this, he's like bull-pen fodder.  His pitch count will be up there and the relievers will spend half their lives warming up, 2nd half of season they will be dead.  At least the closers will get a rest and Kershaw, I mean, Ker-fax will be up next to stop the bleeding.  Compared to PetCo, Dodger stadium is like Coors Field.

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