Aaron Harang has officially received his release from the Seattle Mariners. The veteran right-hander had been designated for assignment by the team on Monday in order to make room on the active roster so that Franklin Gutierrez could be activated from the disabled list. It was expected that Harang would be released once he cleared waivers.
Harang’s season began under some interesting circumstance. Having spent the winter among the “excessive starting pitching options” that the Los Angeles Dodgers employed, rumors had consistently been swirling that Harang could be moved shortly after the season began. The rumors held true, as Los Angeles moved Harang on April 6th to the Colorado Rockies. Colorado then flipped him again five days later to Seattle. He’s been in the Mariners rotation since. He went 5-11 on the year in 22 starts, posting a 5.76 ERA and 1.338 WHIP over 120.1 IP.
He’d shown some decent success over the past two seasons with the Dodgers and San Diego Padres, but the 35 year old wasn’t able to produce the same results with Seattle this season. His contract contained a mutual option for 2014 that could have been valued at $7 Million but it was unlikely to be exercised.
Harang spent the bulk of his 12 year career in the National League, including eight seasons with the Cincinnati Reds. He’s 110-115 for his career, with a 4.29 ERA and 1.352 WHIP in almost 2,000 innings of work.