Report: Brewers and Orioles scouted Dodgers’ right-hander Aaron Harang

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Assuming all continues to go well with Chad Billingsley’s elbow, the Dodgers figure to explore possible trades for Aaron Harang and Chris Capuano, who both project to begin the season in the bullpen. With that in mind, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that the Brewers and Orioles had scouts in attendance today as Harang threw three scoreless innings in a minor league game.

No word on whether the Brewers and Orioles are currently involved in negotiations with the Dodgers, but it’s not surprising to see either club in the mix. The Brewers have Yovani Gallardo heading their rotation, but Marco Estrada, Wily Peralta, Mark Rogers and Mike Fiers don’t have of a track record and Chris Narveson is working back from shoulder surgery. Meanwhile, the Orioles are similarly relying on multiple pitchers with relatively little major league experience. There are also questions about Jair Jurrjens’ health and whether Miguel Gonzalez’s small sample of success from last year is legitimate.

Harang, 34, posted a 3.61 ERA and 131/85 K/BB ratio over 179 2/3 innings last season. He is owed $7 million this season while his $7 million mutual option for 2014 includes a $2 million buyout.

The Tigers decline Anibal Sanchez’s 2018 option

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From the “this does not surprise us in the very least” department, Tigers GM Al Avila announced today that the club is declining its $16 million option on right-hander Anibal Sanchez.

Sanchez had a terrible year in 2017, going 3-7 with a 6.41 ERA in 2017. That’s a long slide down from his 2013 season, in which he won the AL ERA title, going 14-8 and posting an ERA of 2.57 in the first year of his five-year, $80 million deal. Since then he’s gone 28-35 with a 5.15 ERA. He never started 30 games or more over the course of the contract.

The declination of the option does come with a nice parting gift for Sanchez: a $5 million buyout. Which is pretty dang high for a buyout, but that’s how the Tigers rolled three or four years ago.