(GOODYEAR, Ariz.) – The Cleveland Indians have signed veteran right-hander Aaron Harang to a Minor League deal which includes an invite to big league camp in spring training.
Harang, 35, was at the Indians training complex on Saturday morning and told two reporters the deal was nearly complete pending a physical.
Harang, who lives in San Diego, was contacted by the Indians on Friday.
In seven seasons with the Cincinnati Reds Harang won 10 or more games four different times, however over the past couple of years things have been difficult for the 260 lbs. righty. Last season with Seattle and the New York Mets, Harang went a combined 5-12.
Indians manager Terry Francona could not comment on the deal Saturday afternoon because it was not officially complete, however it is believed Harang will compete for the final spot in the Tribe’s rotation. Along with Harang, others competing for the fifth spot include Josh Tomlin, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer.
Harang has spent time with not only the Reds, Mets and Mariners, but also the Dodgers and Athletics.
It appears four spots in the Indians starting rotation are already occupied by Justin Masterson, Zach McAllister, Corey Kluber and Danny Salazar; all right-handers.
Harang has spent 12 years in Major League Baseball and has compiled a win-loss record of 11-116 during that time.
- Nick Camino