Red Sox rumors: Aaron Harang not on the radar

Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE

Despite earlier rumors to the contrary, Boston is not interested in acquiring the veteran right-hander.

The Boston Red Sox are not interested in acquiring veteran right-hander Aaron Harang from the Colorado Rockies, reports Rob Bradford of WEEI.

After the Rockies traded for Harang and subsequently designated him for assignment last week, it was rumored that the Red Sox were among at least three teams interested in trading for the right-hander at his new, discounted rate. However, it appears that Boston is happy with the pitching depth they already have, even in the wake of John Lackey's biceps injury, according to GM Ben Cherington:

"You can never have enough, but we feel pretty good about where we are," said Cherington...

"We feel better than we did at this point last year."

Alfredo Aceves will fill in for Lackey for the time being, but southpaw Franklin Morales could take over soon if his recovery from a back injury continues to go well. Beyond those two, knuckleballer Stephen Wright and top prospect Allen Webster are in-house rotation options should anyone else go down with an injury.

Harang, 34, was a solid contributor for the Dodgers last season, but found himself out of a job this spring with the additions of Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu. L.A. put him in the bullpen to start the year, but really didn't have a role for him there either so traded him to the Rockies for catcher Ramon Hernandez last week.

Harang has a $7 million salary for 2013 and a $2 million buyout on an option for next season, but the Dodgers have agreed to pay $4.5 million of that money owed so anyone interested in acquiring him now won't have to make quite the investment.

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