The Padres lost one hometown boy on Monday, but gained another in pitcher Aaron Harang, who signed a one-year deal worth $3.5 million with a mutual option for 2012.
"There were other teams that had offers, but this was the best fit right now for me and my family," Harang told CBSSports.com. "It's also a great fit professionally, to pitch at Petco Park -- I go from one extreme (hitter-friendly Great American Ball Park) to another. I'm just comfortable in how it all worked out."
Harang's wife, Jennifer, is due with Twins in the next two weeks, which makes the timing even better.
"My family is so excited," Harang said. "I don't think you can wipe the smile off my grandmother's face for the next year."
The Padres hope they'll get the Harang of 2006 and 2007 -- in 2006 he led the National League in wins (16), starts (35), complete games (six) and strikeouts (216). The next season he had the same number of wins, fewer losses, lowered his ERA and struck out even more batters.
However, the last three years, the 32-year old has gone 18-38 with a 4.71 ERA.
A fly-ball pitcher, he's better suited to the spacious surroundings at Petco than the homer-happy Great American Ball Park.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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