The Los Angeles Dodgers and free-agent starting pitcher Aaron Harang agreed to terms on a two-year, $12 million deal, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The two sides were close to a deal yesterday, and is expected to be finalized Wednesday following the physical.
Harang, 33, posted a 3.64 ERA, 6.5 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9 across 170 2/3 innings of work in spacious PETCO park in 2011. The San Diego native wanted to remain with the San Diego Padres, but there wasn't much progress in talks between the two sides. Instead, Harang will land a multi-year deal and get to stay close to home.
The signing would give the Dodgers five starters signed for not only 2012, but through 2013, notes Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. Dodgers fans can't be too thrilled about the team handing out two-year deals to veterans, nor the fact the general manager is ignoring prospects who could fill in these roles, such as Nathan Eovaldi.
"The development clouds the future of 21-year-old Nathan Eovaldi, a hard-throwing right-hander who was impressive in six major-league starts last season. General Manager Ned Colletti said he still views Eovaldi as a starter, but acknowledged there is a possibility he could move to the bullpen."
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