On Saturday, February 15, 2013, the Cleveland Indians announced the club has signed free agent right-handed pitcher Aaron Harang to a Minor League contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League spring training camp.
The 35-year-old Harang posts a Major League record of 110-116 paired with a 4.28 ERA in 325 games, 319 as starts. He has stuck out 1,573 batters while allowing just 590 walks in 1945.1 innings pitched over his 12-year Major League career.
Harang made his Major League debut with the Oakland Athletics in 2002 and was the Cincinnati Reds’ Opening Day starter for five straight seasons (2006-2010). In 2006 he led the National league in strikeouts with 2016 and in 2007 he posted a 16-6 record paired with a 3.73 ERA.
Harang spent most of the 2013 season with the Seattle Mariners after going to spring training camp with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He posted a 5-11 record paired with a 5.76 ERA in 22 starts. He joined the New York Mets for the final month of the season after being released by the Mariners.
The signing of Harang provides the Indians a low-risk high reward opportunity to cash in on a comeback season. If he has a strong spring he will earn a spot on the rotation, if not he can either accept a Minor League assignment or latch on to another team.
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