Rockies acquire RHP Aaron Harang, then DFA him

Aaron Harang 1 polaroidYesterday, the Rockies traded C Ramon Hernandez to the Dodgers for RHP Aaron Harang.

After the Rockies acquired Harang, they designated him for assignment – the Rockies have ten days to trade or release him.

Harang, 34, 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 – he did not make a start with either the Dodgers or the Rockies in 2013.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Last week, Sandy Alderson told reporters they will look to fill their needs in the rotation internally. I’m getting the sense that stance hasn’t changed, despite increased uncertainty in Shaun Marcum’s status.

Harang is intriguing. In fact, I thought he would have been a good signing for the Mets before he joined Los Angeles last winter. He has a consistent track record, and therefore would be among the safest bets for the Mets to take. He’s not an ace, but he would go a long way towards filling one of the voids in the rotation. Harang pitches to contact, is prone to the home run and has seen his walk rate increase over the last couple of years, but he could thrive in Citi Field as he has in the big parks in southern California in recent years.