Aaron Harang had a tremendous season for the Braves in 2014, but it wasn't enough to entire the team to keep him around for another year.
Reports indicate Harang will sign a one-year, $5 million dollar contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. He will join Cole Hamels (for now), Cliff Lee, David Buchanan and a host of candidates (including Wandy Rodriguez) for the Philadelphia rotation.
Harang was signed late in spring training after the Braves released Freddy Garcia. Atlanta had recently lost Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy to elbow injuries. After signing Ervin Santana the team still needed one more starter and signed Harang after he had been released by the Cleveland Indians in spring training.
Harang had one of the best seasons of his career, as he went 12-12 with a 3.57 ERA in 33 starts. It was the most starts he made in a season since 2007 with the Reds when he started 34. It was his lowest ERA in a season in his career.
The veteran right-hander pitched in 204.1 innings, the most he's thrown since that 2007 season. He allowed 215 hits, walked 71 and struck out 161.
Harang was pretty consistent all season. He had a 3.53 ERA in his first 19 starts before the All-Star Break and a 3.62 ERA in his 14 starts after the ASB. Harang had 25 quality starts, tied with Julio Teheran for most on the team for the 2014 season.
The Braves are obviously looking at a very different starting rotation in 2015. Twelve months ago they were ready for a rotation of Teheran, Medlen, Beachy, Mike Minor and Alex Wood with Gavin Floyd as the backup. But the injuries in spring training forced the drastic changes.
Medlen and Beachy were non-tendered after the season. Medlen has signed with the Royals. Floyd was hurt after nine starts and he's now signed with the Indians. Santana left and joined the Twins. Teheran, Minor and Wood will be joined by Shelby Miller and possibly Manny Banuelos. The Braves continue to look for another veteran starter to battle for the fifth starter's job.
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