Looking for a veteran starter to soak up some innings in a rebuilding season the Phillies have signed right-hander Aaron Harang, according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com.
Harang had an ugly 2013 season, but bounced back nicely at age 36 to throw 204 innings with a 3.57 ERA and 161/71 K/BB ratio for the Braves. He also had a sub-4.00 ERA in 2011 and 2012, so Harang is a decent pickup for a team more or less just looking for 175-200 not-horrible innings at a low price tag.
Salisbury reports that the one-year deal is worth $5 million.
Anyway, Harang is definitely in the “hired gun” and/or “we need SOMEBODY to eat all of these innings they’re requiring us to play during our rebuild” stage of his career, so he makes sense for the Phillies. You can get him on a one year deal, I’m sure. He pitched reasonably well for the Braves last year, posting a 3.57 ERA and 161/71 K/BB ratio over 204 and a third innings. That’s nothing you want fronting your playoff contender, but it’s just what the doctor ordered while you try to develop players who will, one day, be part of your next team.
LSU right-hander and No. 7 overall draft pick Aaron Nola has agreed to a contract with the Phillies, the team announced.
Nola has a chance to be one of the first–and perhaps the first–player from the draft class to reach the majors because he’s a polished college starter with excellent control and incredible overall numbers against good competition.
He was considered a consensus top-10 talent in the draft class after going 11-1 with a 1.47 ERA and 134/27 K/BB ratio in 116 innings for LSU this season. He was also 12-1 with a 1.57 ERA and 122/18 K/BB ratio in 126 innings last season.
Those are about as good as numbers can get in major conference college baseball and Nola is hardly a soft-tossing control artist with poor raw stuff. He can reach the mid-90s with his fastball and has a chance to be a top-of-the-rotation starter.