Phillies Sign 36-Year-Old Aaron Harang

Photo Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Photo Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Phillies, in their “rebuilding” efforts, have a lot of holes in their roster. Usually, when you’re trying to rebuild your team and see who is good for you in the future, you fill those holes with young guys who may blossom into something. But sometimes you need Major League talent just to get through the season and eat up innings (perhaps literally in this case). So you fill those holes with 36-year-olds. Aaron Harang, who spent a majority of his thirteen-year career as a Cincinnati Red, was signed by the Phillies today to a one year, $5 million contract.

Harang went 12-12 in 33 starts last year for the Braves, posting a 3.57 ERA and 7.1 K/9, with 3.1 walks per nine.

“Aaron brings a wealth of experience and durability to our rotation,” Ruben Amaro said in a statement. “[He] will complement the left-handers in our rotation nicely.”

So while your mindset of “let’s see what these young guys have to offer” may bring you to some games next year, you’ll have to take the risk that one in every five or so games will be hurled by a 260 lb. 36-year-old.

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9 Responses

  1. He’ll be 37 in May, but has always been a solid pitcher….which means he’ll probably suck and/or get injured for the Phillies this year.

    In all seriousness, this is a solidly mediocre signing…so probably one of Ruben Amaro Jr.’s best moves ever.

  2. Let’s see here:

    The Sixers stink and will probably set an NBA record and break their own record for most losses in a season.

    The Flyers stink and will most likely miss the playoffs(happy 40th anniversary Stanley cup).

    The Phillies stink and will most likely lose more than 100 games(see you guys in 2020).

    And under the leadership of the football genius/great coach Chip Kelly the Eagles collapsed and missed the playoffs,and how does Jeff Lurie rewards us by giving Chip more power.

    Other than that everything’s great here in Philadelphia.

  3. 0 for 55
    0 for 40
    0 for 32
    2 for 133

    Combined Eagles, Flyers, Sixers seasons and the Phils lifetime tecord. Has to be a Guiness record for best combined losing record for any city and its four major sports teams. And there is no light at the end of the tunnel for any of them. Cause: Lousy, inept ownership that values the dollar more than winning and feasts off of gullible fans that refuse to believe they are being taken for a ride by these four snake oil salesmen.

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