Trade inquiries reportedly picking up on Aaron Harang

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From Nick Cafardo’s Sunday notes in the Boston Globe …

Aaron Harang, RHP, Phillies — We’ve mentioned Harang as another possible fit for a contending team. According to a major league source, inquiries on him have picked up and teams are scouting him as a possible solution. Obviously not an ace, but he fits the back end of a lot of rotations. “He gives you a steady, dependable performance, “ said one NL scout. “You don’t give up a lot for him, but if you can get him for a second-level prospect, you do it.”

Philadelphia entered play Sunday with an 11-20 record and there’s very little hope for a turnaround. It’s a rebuilding team, and Harang is on a one-year, $5 million free agent deal. He’s as good as gone.

The 37-year-old right-hander has posted a superb 2.38 ERA, 1.015 WHIP, and 31/9 K/BB ratio in 45 1/3 innings this season. He also had a cool 3.57 ERA in 204 1/3 innings last season with the Braves.

Guardians trade OF Will Benson to Reds for OF Justin Boyd

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
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CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Guardians traded outfielder Will Benson to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday for outfielder Justin Boyd.

The defending AL Central champions also will get a player to be named from the Reds in the swap.

Cincinnati drafted Boyd in the second round last year out of Oregon State. He led the Pac-12 with a .373 batting average and 24 steals in 2022. The 21-year-old batted .203 in 73 at-bats for Class-A Daytona.

The 6-foot-5 Benson spent 28 games with the Guardians last season, batting .182 with three RBIs in 28 games. The 24-year-old struggled at the plate, striking out 19 times in just 55 at-bats.

Benson was once considered one of Cleveland’s top outfield prospects, but has since been surpassed by Steven Kwan, Oscar Gonzalez and Will Brennan.