Dodgers Sign Aaron Harang

The Dodgers officially signed starter Aaron Harang to a two-year, $12MM deal with a vesting/mutual option for 2014.  Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times has the contract breakdown.  Harang is represented by ACES, an agency that has also gotten clients Heath Bell, David DeJesus, and Jose Molina signed quickly.

Harang, 33, enjoyed a nice rebound campaign with his hometown Padres in 2011. The former Reds ace notched 170 2/3 innings, his highest total since 2008, while posting a solid ERA of 3.64, striking out 6.5 per nine, and walking 3.1 per nine.  FIP and SIERA marks of 4.17 and 4.25, respectively suggest that Harang, a flyball pitcher (41%) was likely aided somewhat by moving from Great American Ballpark to the spacious confines of Petco Park. His new home park, Dodger Stadium, also has a history of limiting the long ball, though not as much as Petco.  The Padres declined Harang's mutual option in October and offered him arbitration last month, so they'll receive a supplemental draft pick for losing the Type B free agent.

The Dodgers also signed Chris Capuano earlier this month. Capuano and Harang complement a rotation that includes Clayton KershawChad Billingsley, and Ted Lilly.  Dodgers GM Ned Colletti has been active in free agency, signing Harang, Capuano, Mark Ellis, Adam Kennedy, Juan Rivera, and Matt Treanor for about $37MM in total.

We first heard that the two sides were making progress toward a deal from Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports yesterday, with Jim Bowden of ESPN and MLB Network Radio reporting that the two sides had all but agreed to terms.

Tim Dierkes contributed to this post.


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