Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
The Orioles and Brewers had scouts in attendance to watch Aaron Harang pitch.
The Orioles and Brewers had scouts in attendance to watch Aaron Harang pitch, reports Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. The Dodgers have a surplus of pitching, and many consider Harang to be the likely odd-man-out in the situation, although Dodgers GM Ned Coletti has been adamant in saying that the team can never have enough pitching depth.
The Dodgers averaged just 3.58 runs per game in 2012 after the trade with Boston, despite having four former All-Stars in the middle of a retooled lineup. The rest of the team had the day off, but Harang threw to stay on schedule, giving scouts a convenient opportunity to come watch the 34-year old pitch. Harang will make $5 million this year, and has a mutual option for 2014 which is for $8 million (with a $2 million buyout in there), so he should be plenty affordable for teams looking for a cheap fix.
Harang said that he has been working on a curveball, and mentioned in the article that he has been working on it and getting comfortable with the grip. It is interesting to see him toying with the idea, as most pitchers typically are what they are by this age. The new pitch could either be an added dimension for teams to consider, or something that they don't value and they would scrap if he were acquired.