Should the Mets retain Aaron Harang?

Michael Baron, Contributor

Aaron Harang ended the 2013 season saying he would be open to returning to the Mets.

Aaron Harang 1 polaroidHarang, 35, did a nice job for the Mets in limited action down the stretch, going 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA in four starts after joining the Mets in September. He was let go by the Mariners earlier in the season after going 5-11 with a 5.76 ERA in 22 starts.

Considering the uncertainty in their rotation next season, Harang is certainly worth a look as a potential one-year option and someone to bridge the gap to Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero.

Harang didn’t light up the scoreboard, but he was steady, consistent and pretty much lived up to his reputation prior to this summer. While on the Mets, he returned to being a guy who throws strikes. His walk rate actually decreased this season, but he allowed a lot of hits and 13 of the 26 home runs he allowed came with men on base. Still, he’s a good fit for a large ballpark like Citi Field.

I thought he would have been a good fit for the Mets last winter as well, but the Mets were concerned about the reports they were getting during the off-season and so they stayed away. Perhaps this time around they’ll see him in a different light.

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