Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports is reporting that the Mariners have acquired veteran pitcher Aaron Harang from the Colorado Rockies. In exchange, the Rockies will receive RHP Steven Hensley from the Mariners.
In a coinciding move, the Mariners have also designated RHP Kameron Loe for assignment following a disappointing start to the season in which he allowed six home runs in less than two weeks.
This is no surprise from the Mariners, as they had been linked to the likes of Harang and Chris Capuano earlier this year. With the current lack of depth in the rotation, and with current prospects Danny Hultzen, Taijuan Walker and James Paxton not quite ready, the front office had to acquire a proven starter to help bridge the gap.
The only real question at this point is: Why did the Mariners choose to let go of Jon Garland earlier this spring? The organization clearly has no faith in Blake Beavan moving ahead as a starter, which now makes letting Garland go even more puzzling.
Appropriately enough, Garland landed with the Colorado Rockies after being let go by the Mariners and is currently 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in the young season. In a sense, the Mariners essentially swapped Garland, along with the services of Hensley, in order to complete the current deal for Harang.
Although Harang may not be what he once was, he is still a serviceable back-end-of-the-rotation-type pitcher, especially for a team with rotation questions like Seattle. For his career, Harang is 105-104 with a 4.19 ERA. He spent last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, finishing with a 10-10 record and a 3.61 ERA.
Mariners fans will most likely compare Harang's success this season to Jon Garland's success with the Rockies. The front office may hear a lot of complaints throughout the season, especially if Garland proves his worth in Colorado.
For now, Mariners fans will have to embrace Aaron Harang as the newest member of the Mariners rotation; that is, until he gives them reason not to.