By Eduardo A. Encina
The Baltimore Sun
2:58 PM EST, March 4, 2013
While the Orioles aren’t actively pursuing additional starting pitching, it didn’t stop them from scouting veteran right-hander Aaron Harang in the Los Angeles Dodgers' Phoenix camp on Monday.
The Dodgers’ free-spending offseason leaves them with pitchers to move, and Harang is among those the team could deal, especially if their are willing to pick up a portion of his remaining contract.
A lone scout from the Orioles watched the 34-year-old Harang pitch three innings in a minor league game, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. With all the starters the Dodgers have, Harang was pitching in the minor league game to get his innings in.
The Orioles already have 13 starting rotation candidates in camp, so there’s no lack of starting pitching.
Harang was 10-10 with a 3.61 ERA in 31 starts last season with the Dodgers. He’s thrown at least 170 innings in six of his last eight seasons.
Harang will make $7 million this season and holds a mutual option for 2014 that is worth between $7-8 million depending on his innings totals, and it includes a $2 million buyout.
The Dodgers have eight starting candidates. They signed top pitching free-agent Zack Greinke and added Korean left-hander Hyun-jin Ryu to a mix that includes Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Josh Beckett, Ted Lilly, Chris Capuano and Harang.
Harang, Lilly and Capuano are the most likely to be dealt. And Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette likes to stockpile starting pitching. If the Dodgers are willing to pick up a significant chunk of the $9 million invested in Harang over the next two seasons in order to deal him, the Orioles just might have some interest.
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