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Harang happy to be home in San Diego

Posted on: December 6, 2010 8:59 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2010 9:02 pm
Aaron Harang 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 "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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Since: Dec 7, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2010 1:56 am

Harang happy to be home in San Diego

"Harang's wife, Jennifer, is due with in the next two weeks, which makes the timing even better."

Jennifer is presumably going to give birth to two healthy babies, not a baseball team from Minnesota.

Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2010 1:09 am

Harang happy to be home in San Diego

I know they have lost Garland and Young will not be back but pitching wasn't the Padres problem last year.  What is the need for this bum, is he going to be a #5 or a fill in / long reliever like Julian Tavarez or something?  I am no Padres expert so maybe I am missing something here but Latos, Richard, LeBlanc, Correia, Stauffer and even Luebke would start over him right, that’s not even getting into the farm system.  Of course you can never have enough pitching but bad pitching in high quantity is all this guy is.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2010 11:01 pm

Harang happy to be home in San Diego

Which hometown boy did the Padres lose on Monday? Surely, cbs is not referring to Adrian Gonzalez because the team chose to get rid of him. It wasn't as if Gonzalez got hurt in an accident and will never play again, or signed with another team once becoming a free agent. No, the Padres got rid of Adrian Gonzalez because it is Jed Hoyer's job to help Theo Epstein win the world Series next year and the fact that Padres ownership don't want to spend money to build a championship team.

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