The Mets have signed RHP Aaron Harang to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Update – 5:01 PM: Harang made his debut for Triple-A Las Vegas this afternoon and allowed two runs and seven hits in four innings of relief.
Update – 12:00 PM: This morning in Atlanta, Terry Collins told reporters Harang will be used as insurance in the event they decide to shutdown Zack Wheeler before the end of the season.
Collins also said it’s likely Harang could appear in one game of the team’s doubleheader against the Marlins on September 14.
The 35-year-old Harang went 5-11 with a 5.76 ERA in 22 starts this year for the Seattle Mariners.
He was designated for assignment by the Mariners last Monday and was released yesterday.
Harang went 10-10 with a 3.61 ERA in 31 starts for the Dodgers in 2012, allowing 167 hits, 85 walks and 14 home runs in 179 2/3 innings.
Michael Baron, Contributor7:30 am: Up until this season, Harang had a consistent track record. He throws strikes but pitches to a lot of contact, is prone to the home run and has seen his walk rate increase over the last couple of years. I thought he would have been a good fit for the Mets over the winter, but the Mets were concerned about the reports they were getting about him during the off-season, and so they stayed away.
Now that he’s onboard, I would expect the Mets will promote Harang when the 51s season ends. Like Dice-K, Harang is a body who can help fill-in down the stretch of the season, and give Terry the opportunity to go to a six-man rotation so he can stretch out his rotation a bit. Of course, it also gives the Mets some flexibility to move Carlos Torres to the bullpen and perhaps cut Dice-K should he continue to be ineffective.