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5/9/1978 (38 y, 9 m, 12 d)
1999 June Amateur Draft - Round: 6, Pick: 21, Overall: 195, Team: Texas Rangers
$5M / 1 Years (2015)
Harang became a free agent Monday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. (11/3/2015)
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Year in Review:
Harang must be one of the better 6-14 pitchers ever. Consider some of his other numbers from last year, when he posted that unseemly win-loss record (with career marks in parentheses): 4.21 ERA (4.24), 3.95 xFIP (4.02), 7.87 K/9 (7.54), 2.38 BB/9 (2.48), and 1.33 HR/9 (1.22). There was really very little different about this version of Harang than the ones that had compiled a 63-49 record through 2007. (2008 was also a disaster in terms of wins and losses.) The problem was the Reds' offense, which posted a park-adjusted wRAA of -109.8 – second-worst in the Majors, just ahead of the Giants. A late-August appendectomy probably saved Harang from further disappointment.
The Year Ahead:
Outside of his win total, there's almost no reason to expect anything different from Harang this year. His strikeout and walk totals are likely to be in line with established rates – a likelihood corroborated both by CHONE and ZiPS. Harang's home run totals will probably continue to be a touch high on account of his low ground-ball rates (just under 35%, in fact, the last couple years) and home field. The real question is whether Cincy's offense will improve. Unfortunately, the prospects of such a thing are dim, as the Reds made precious few moves this offseason. Jay Bruce will likely improve, and there will be no more Willy Taveras plate appearances, but that's about it. (Carson Cistulli)
Aaron Harang has hit major road bumps the past two seasons. First, he had to end a decent 2009 season with an emergency appendectomy. Then he spent two months of the 2010 season on the DL because of back spasms. When he was activated last September, he was pushed out of the Reds’ crowded starting rotation to make room for young pitchers such as Travis Wood and Mike Leake, eventually left off the Reds’ playoff roster. And while he is joining the San Diego Padres in 2011, he faces tough competition for the No. 5 spot. A 5.32 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 2010 is not encouraging, although much of that may have been due to his back injuries. If his back spasms have fully healed, we may see Harang in the rotation again. If he is able to get 160-180 innings, look for a 4.40 ERA and 150 strikeouts. Those are two big ifs though, so you’ll need the certainty that Harang opens the 2011 season as a starter to justify a fantasy roster spot for a fifth or sixth starter. (Albert Lyu)
The Quick Opinion:
Harang faced major road bumps the past two seasons and ended 2010 with a 5.32 ERA and 1.59 WHIP. If his back spasms fully heal and he gets a rotation spot with the Padres, look for a 4.40 ERA and 150 strikeouts.
This is why pitchers should sign one year deals with the Padres. Though he posted nearly identical strikeout and walk rates, Harang had a much better ERA last season. His strand rate rebounded to previous levels, which led to some of his improvement. While his 4.17 FIP is more indicative of his true performance, Harang did a nice job reestablishing his value last season. He's not the same pitcher that he was in 2005-2007, but he's still an interesting late-round gamble. (Chris Cwik)
The Quick Opinion:
After a nice rebound season, Harang looks like a late-round flyer this season. He's no longer in his prime, but he could post a decent ERA again with the Dodgers.
In the five years since Dusty Baker helped end Aaron Harang's brief run as one of the better pitchers in the National League by overusing him in a short stretch, he's been one of the more consistent back-end starters in the league, posting FIP marks between 4.14 and 4.79 each year. Due to the vagaries of pitching for three teams in three parks with some inconsistent luck, he's lived through some wild changes in win-loss record and ERA, but he's generally supplied league-average innings. As Harang enters his age-35 season, however, the trends are worrisome -- his strikeouts are down by about a third from his heyday, and his 4.26 walks per nine in 2012 represented a career worst. Conversely, he found career lows in bating average on balls in play and home runs per nine that don't seem likely to be repeated, so tread carefully with Harang. (
The Quick Opinion:
Aaron Harang has found a second life as a roughly league-average starter, compiling his second consecutive sub-four ERA in 2012, though little about him is exciting at this point.
In 2013, Aaron Harang had one of his best seasons in four years. The 36-year-old's strikeouts (7.1 per nine) were at a four-year high and his walks (2.5 per nine) were at a four-year low. These two improvements were overshadowed by his 1.6 homers per nine. The home run numbers led to an 5.40 ERA (4.79 FIP) while his xFIP (4.38) and SIERA (4.22) were closer to his career values. For 2014, I would expect him to perform near his career ERA numbers, maybe a bit worse, and go with something like a 4.50 ERA. The 4.50 ERA and the rest of his stats will be determined by which team eventually signs him. While his role and the defense around will eventually be known, I just don't see him being any kind of real option in all but the deepest of leagues. (Jeff Zimmerman)
The Quick Opinion:
Home runs destroyed Aaron Harang's 2013 season. He will need to find a team and role before his 2014 value is truly known.
Where did the Aaron Harang 2014 comeback come from? It is hard to tell. While the run environment is lower now than it was for the majority of his career, it is still quite impressive that Harang posted the lowest ERA of his 13 year career. It looked like Harang was all but finished entering the year, as he was cut by the Indians in spring training and was initially only expected to pitch a few weeks for the Braves since Ervin Santana and Mike Minor were not ready to pitch at the outset of the season. Instead, Harang pitched like a league average pitcher all year and was able to throw over 200 innings and strike out 161 batters. Headed into next year, there is little reason to look at Harang as anything but rotational depth in fantasy formats. He should not be expected to repeat his comeback 2014 as he will pitch at age 37 and has only one season with an adjusted FIP better than league average since 2010. With the Phillies now, he won't even get the benefit of the doubt from his own home park. Not to mention that wins might be hard to come by. Pass on Harang in most leagues. (Ben Duronio)
The Quick Opinion:
Harang enjoyed a very nice rebound and was valuable to the Braves and to some fantasy owners this past year, but at 37 years old, there will be a good deal of risk in owning Harang this year in normal formats. He is likely someone you should pass on or leave on the wire until you see some reliable results.
Once a stud for the Reds, Harang has been forced to reinvent himself as a wily veteran. Entering his age 38 season, Harang can be best described as an innings eater. After posting a decent season for the Braves in 2014, he began 2015 on a roll. Through the end of May (11 starts), he had a 2.02 ERA, 3.09 FIP, and 4.35 xFIP with 6.69 strikeouts and 1.89 walks per nine innings. Injuries and regression caught up to him in June. He stumbled through his remaining 18 starts with 4.90 K/9, 3.21 BB/9, and a 6.86 ERA (6.06 FIP, 5.44 xFIP). Teams in need of rotation depth may show interest in hopes of landing the early-season version of Harang. (Brad Johnson)
The Quick Opinion:
Harang began 2015 on a positive note before the regression monster devoured him. There's a chance that a healthy Harang could post another season worthy of the back end of a rotation. Or maybe it's time to stick a fork in him.
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