In a deal that comes a few years too late, the Mets Monday signed Aaron Harang to a minor league deal.
The move is designed to give the major league rotation some depth, which is quickly being depleted because of injury. Terry Collins said Harang could step in if Zack Wheeler has to be shut down or for a doubleheader on September 14.
“I think we’ve got to protect ourselves with Zack and all the other guys,” Terry Collins told ESPNNewYork.com. “And we’re going to need a pitcher for the 14th, for sure.”
Harang was released by the Mariners after making 22 starts, pitching to 5-11 record with a 5.76 ERA. Those numbers are a far cry from his consistently solid years with the Reds. I have always liked Aaron Harang’s stuff and had been calling for the Mets to get him for a while. But now at 35 years old, he may be at the end of the line. Oh well.
In any case, he can’t be any worse than Daisuke Matsuzaka.