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Monday, March 24, 2014

Braves Sign Aaron Harang

Sure, Terry Forster would listen if the Braves called.

The Braves have agreed to sign pitcher Aaron Harang, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). Atlanta had been rumored to be interested in adding another arm after parting with veteran Freddy Garcia earlier today (per MLB.com’s Mark Bowman, on Twitter).

Of course, Harang himself was let go by the Indians just hours ago after requesting his release. The soon-to-be-36-year-old had strong results in the spring, though he threw just 9 innings for Cleveland. Last year, pitching for the Mariners and Mets, Harang posted a 5.40 ERA in 143 1/3 innings. Before that, however, he put up two consecutive seasons of 170+ innings and earned run averages just over 3.60. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, advanced metrics pegged his value somewhere in the middle, with FIP, xFIP, and SIERA marks all falling above 4.00 but below 5.00 over the last three campaigns.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 24, 2014 at 09:36 PM | 29 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Rickey! No. You move. Posted: March 25, 2014 at 08:13 AM (#4676644)
Sign ####. Throw at wall. See what sticks.

Gus. Schlosser.
   2. DA Baracus, Braves Intern Posted: March 25, 2014 at 09:28 AM (#4676670)
Don't understand why you'd cut Garcia to sign Harang. Other than he's cheaper. Sigh.
   3. Lassus Posted: March 25, 2014 at 09:37 AM (#4676675)
Over/under on team ERA?
   4. Rickey! No. You move. Posted: March 25, 2014 at 10:04 AM (#4676679)
Garcia clearly didn't impress them this spring. They're taking a look at Harang. Basically, they've decided Schlosser is a better bet than Garcia, but want to take a look at Harang's stuff to see if he's a better bet than Schlosser. It's probably rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic until Minor and Santana and Floyd are ready, but you have to look at anyone and everyone when you're down to Gus Schlosser.
   5. CFBF Was Killed By The Mad Queen Posted: March 25, 2014 at 10:06 AM (#4676680)
Don't understand why you'd cut Garcia to sign Harang. Other than he's cheaper. Sigh.


Apparently they like Harang's stuff more; he can still hit 90 MPH with his fastball, and there's a sense that he can more easily and effectively convert to the bullpen once everyone is healthy. Plus, he's been solid as recently as 2012, and I'd probably rather bet on Harang having one last Indian summer than I would Garcia.
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 25, 2014 at 10:10 AM (#4676682)
Don't understand why you'd cut Garcia to sign Harang. Other than he's cheaper. Sigh.


Garcia had a 4.76 ERA in spring training, Harang had a 2.00 ERA. Duh.
   7. DA Baracus, Braves Intern Posted: March 25, 2014 at 10:12 AM (#4676684)
It's probably rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic until Minor and Santana and Floyd are ready, but you have to look at anyone and everyone when you're down to Gus Schlosser.


Fair enough.
   8. CFBF Was Killed By The Mad Queen Posted: March 25, 2014 at 10:29 AM (#4676696)
I will not abide such blatant denigration of the noble Gus Schlosser. He's a side-armer! His name is Gus! He's probably my favorite player on the team already, and I've never seen him pitch before in my life.
   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 25, 2014 at 10:36 AM (#4676701)
The last Gus to play MLB was Gus Gandarillas for Milwaukee in 2001.
   10. Rickey! No. You move. Posted: March 25, 2014 at 10:38 AM (#4676703)
We have officially nicknamed Schlosser "Pickles." From here on out, we're calling him Pickles.
   11. morineko Posted: March 25, 2014 at 11:36 AM (#4676740)
There's an interesting minor league reliever out there that I've never heard of? That's a heck of an accomplishment, Braves. Of course all they had to do to accomplish that was having an AAA affiliate in the IL...
   12. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: March 25, 2014 at 12:23 PM (#4676776)
You could do worse than Harang. He's got some good qualities, and can be solid as long as he keeps the ball in the park.
   13. jingoist Posted: March 25, 2014 at 12:28 PM (#4676778)
The Freddy Garcia I saw pitch last year for Baltimore would make you consider Harang.
If Freddy cost more it was a no-brainer.
   14. DA Baracus, Braves Intern Posted: March 25, 2014 at 12:34 PM (#4676781)
There's an interesting minor league reliever out there that I've never heard of? That's a heck of an accomplishment, Braves. Of course all they had to do to accomplish that was having an AAA affiliate in the IL...


Schlosser has yet to pitch in AAA.
   15. zonk Posted: March 25, 2014 at 12:59 PM (#4676789)
There's an interesting minor league reliever out there that I've never heard of?


You need to play more OOTP --

Schlosser is a regular stop on my July "trade all my pending minor league FAs for interesting minor league bullpen arms" events...
   16. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 25, 2014 at 02:44 PM (#4676845)
Don't understand why you'd cut Garcia to sign Harang.


Just ask ESPN's "chemistry score," apparently.
   17. Rickey! No. You move. Posted: March 25, 2014 at 03:44 PM (#4676870)
Update: Aaron Harang has been named the Braves #3 starter ahead of David Hale and Pickles, who will fight it out for 4th starter rights. Aaron Harang will be the Opening Day starter in Atlanta's first home series.
   18. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 25, 2014 at 03:52 PM (#4676880)
Ha! Reminds me of when the Royals picked up Sidney Ponson a week or two before Opening Day, then had him start the home opener. The difference of course being the Royals were expected to be a terrible team this year.
   19. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: March 25, 2014 at 05:01 PM (#4676933)
Aaron Harang has been named the Braves #3 starter ahead of David Hale and Pickles, who will fight it out for 4th starter rights.

This tallest midget competition is going down to the wire!
   20. flournoy Posted: March 25, 2014 at 06:48 PM (#4676988)
Well, at 6'7", Harang is taller than Hale and Schlosser. So Schlosser, 6'4", will be the #4 starter, and Hale, 6'2" will be the #5 starter.

Maybe the Braves can give Mark Redman a call. He would slot in there perfectly between Harang and Schlosser.
   21. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: March 25, 2014 at 08:32 PM (#4677023)
Aaron Harang is 6'7"? He has such a weird toadlike appearance, I thought he was a stocky type.
   22. shoewizard Posted: March 25, 2014 at 09:07 PM (#4677030)
Every time Arraon Harang turns around he sees Ian Kennedy following him
   23. shoewizard Posted: March 25, 2014 at 09:31 PM (#4677032)
Thru age 28

Player         ERAHR/9 SO/9 BB/9    IP  W  L   H   R  ER  BB  SO  ERA  HR OPS+
Aaron Harang    103 1.11 7.21 2.65 761.2 47 43 803 383 362 224 610 4.28  94  102
Ian Kennedy     101 1.10 7.89 3.02 865.1 53 40 808 412 385 290 759 4.00 106   99 


Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 3/26/2014.
   24. ntr RdP Posted: March 25, 2014 at 11:56 PM (#4677074)
We have officially nicknamed Schlosser "Pickles." From here on out, we're calling him Pickles.

If the Nationals trade Jhonatan Solano to the Braves you could have Pickles pitching to Onions catching.
   25. Lassus Posted: March 26, 2014 at 08:17 AM (#4677120)
Based on nothing, my impression was that Harang had a lot more innings under his belt than Kennedy. Guess not.
   26. Rickey! No. You move. Posted: March 26, 2014 at 08:30 AM (#4677122)
Based on nothing, my impression was that Harang had a lot more innings under his belt than Kennedy. Guess not.


That's fat rolls, not innings.
   27. Fancy Pants with a clinging marmoset on his Handle Posted: March 26, 2014 at 08:33 AM (#4677123)
Well, he is 35, not 28, so he does have more than double Kennedy's innings.
   28. Lassus Posted: March 26, 2014 at 08:41 AM (#4677126)
Well, he is 35, not 28, so he does have more than double Kennedy's innings.

What, you want me to actually read shit before posting?
   29. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: March 26, 2014 at 09:22 AM (#4677144)
If the Nationals trade Jhonatan Solano to the Braves you could have Pickles pitching to Onions catching.


Any way we can get some eggs in there, too? I love pickled eggs.

Or maybe some pickled garlic?

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