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Finally home, Harang contemplates moving

Posted on: July 27, 2011 8:38 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 8:49 pm
Aaron Harang does not want to be traded.

No. I mean, the Padres' starter REALLY does not want to be traded.

"You hear the rumors and hope it doesn't happen," says the native San Diegan, who signed with his hometown Padres as a free agent last winter.

His wife just gave birth to a twin son and daughter seven months ago. Three uncles, two aunts, both of his grandmothers and six cousins all live in San Diego. Two of the cousins have children the same age as Harang's oldest daughter, who will turn 5 in October. Not only do Harang's parents live in the area, so, too, do his wife's parents.

No, this guy wants nothing to do with a deal.

Yet ... with the Padres out of the race, Detroit is interested in Harang. Boston is watching. So, too, are several other clubs.

Somebody is not going to land Colorado's Ubaldo Jimenez. Somebody is going to miss on the Dodgers' Hiroki Kuroda. After that ... well, there's just not a lot out there this summer in the starting pitcher department.

"I'd like to stay here," says Harang, who has bounced back from back, appendix and forearm issues over the past three seasons to go 9-2 with a 3.45 ERA over 17 starts this season. "I want to stay here.

"It's been nice for me. My family is here. It's a comfortable fit. I like the guys in the clubhouse.

"I feel like this is where I'm meant to be."

Over the next four days, we'll see whether the Padres feel the same way.

In his favor to stay: He and the Padres have a mutual $5 million option for 2012. That's very affordable, even for the Padres, for a starting pitcher.

Working against him: The Padres need a major influx of talent and are not exactly overloaded with trade chips. And there is no reason why they can't trade Harang while at the same time telling him they'd like to re-sign him as a free agent this winter.

Amid the uncertainty in the Padres' clubhouse, Harang has plenty of company with whom to discuss things. Closer Heath Bell, set-up man Mike Adams, reliever Chad Qualls and outfielder Ryan Ludwick all are in play at the trade deadline.

"We talk about it a little bit," Harang says. "We're all in the same boat. We don't know what's going on. Until we get told something ... we hear all the rumors. We get family and friends texting us telling us, 'We hear this' or 'We hear that.'

"There's nothing we can do to control it."

The bright side for Harang is, hey, at least he's healthy and productive. That's the whole reason he's in this fix.

"Obviously, people who are seeing me know I've been throwing well," Harang says. "I had a little fluke setback with my foot, but that had nothing to do with my arm or my back."

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 1:20 pm

Finally home, Harang contemplates moving

See, after an article like this, i really hope the Tigers do NOT wind up getting this guy. 

I don't want to see another Aubrey Huff/Jarrod Washburn situation where the Tigers trade for a guy who so obviously doesn't want to be there, and just belly-ups us.

Course, to be quite honest i don't particularly like any of the potential mentioned-targets.  Especially for us to have to give up Jacob Turner. 

Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 11:29 am

Finally home, Harang contemplates moving

Aaron is a class act! We had him here in Cincinnati for most of his career & we couldn't have asked for a better team leader, Reds representative in the community or baseball embasitor than Aaron.
I hated to see him go, but understood that he needed a change of scenery & the Reds needed to move on to their younger arms. I was happy when I found out he signed on with San Diego. I knew he was from there & Petco Park is the perfect place for a contact pitcher like Aaron.
Please don't trade him, Padres. Let him finish out his career and retire at home.

Since: Jul 22, 2011
Posted on: July 28, 2011 11:18 am

Finally home, Harang contemplates moving

Why would any pitcher ever want to be traded from the Padres that is easy. The Padres ball park is huge! It is a pitchers best friend and is very forgiving. My point here is they don't want to be traded because a ball park like the Phillies play in will make a pitcher look bad. These pitchers all want to leave via free agency so they can cash in on the success at Petco.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 11:17 am

Finally home, Harang contemplates moving

you sound a little whiny yourself.....ever heard of "live and let live"...who are you to tell ANYONE else what they should do woth their lives? the guy had a career in baseball where he was paid lucrativley....I say good on him and to the hell with the haters and jealousy mongers....get better at what you do maybe you can earn a good income one day....but quit whining!

Since: Mar 31, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 10:57 am

Finally home, Harang contemplates moving

I find it refreshing. A guys says he'll play for less to stay with his team? What's wrong with that? I'd rather have him on my team than a hired gun. He's not being a baby, he's not saying he won't go, he's just saying, "please trade someone else and leave me here if you would. Thank you very much."

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 3:51 am

Finally home, Harang contemplates moving

What's wrong with a guy saying he wants to play in his home town? If you were a major league baseball player wouldn't you love to play someplace where your parents and your wife and kids would be able to see you play all the time. It doesn't mean he's going to refuse or make a big stink about it if they trade him. He's just letting the team and everybody else know he'd prefer to stay put. Why are you making such a big deal about it? 

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 27, 2011 10:28 pm

Finally home, Harang contemplates moving

Gee, not sure. Maybe he likes to play baseball?

Really? If that's the case then he plays baseball wherever he's told to play baseball and for anybody that wants to pay him.  Or maybe, just MAYBE if family is that important you choose them over a game?

Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 10:00 pm

Finally home, Harang contemplates moving

Gee, not sure. Maybe he likes to play baseball?

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 27, 2011 9:32 pm

Finally home, Harang contemplates moving

Yeah, cry me a river.  As much as I love sports I have to say the older I get the more these athletes are starting to get on my nerves. So let me get this straight.  He's married and has 3 small children, one 5 year old and 2 seven month old twin babies.  His entire family including his parents, uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews live in the same are he lives in.  His wife loves it there and her family lives close by as well.   For all those reasons, he doesn't want to move......  

That's cool... neither would I. So guess what?  RETIRE YOU BIG BABY !!!!  If family means as much to Harang as it does to me, he wouldn't work another day in his life.  He's 33 years old and he's already grossed a minimum of 40 million dollars, and that doesn't count any money he made from when he was drafted in 1999 until he signed his first big deal in 2006.   So he's probably grossed around 45 million dollars in his career.  Even if he only net 25 million dollars in his career, that should be way more then enough to have everything he wants in life until the day he dies.  That's more then enough to be sure his kids never have to work for anybody else in their life for God sake. Why doesn't he just stay home and help his wife raise his kids? Why not stay home and enjoy his young family? 

I know why.... because these guys never have enough money.  It's easier to whine and complain about being traded....   

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