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Indians sign veteran RHP Aaron Harang to minor deal with big league camp invite

By Stephanie Storm Published: February 15, 2014

A repost from this morning now that the Indians have made the deal official:The Indians added more depth to their pitching mix by signing veteran Aaron Harang to a minor league deal with an invitation to big league camp Saturday.Although the 12-year veteran arrived at the Tribe’s spring training complex some fours hours before he passed his physical, Tribe general manager Chris Antonetti later said the two sides had been in talks for some time.“On and off for at least a portion of the off season,” Antonetti admitted. “But it intensified over the last two or three weeks.”The 6-foot-7, 260-pound right-hander owns a career 110-116 record, including a 5-12 mark from last year while pitching for the Seattle Mariners and New York Mets.“He pitched well at the end of the year and his stuff was consistent with where it’s been in the past,” Antonetti said. “He maintained consistent strikeout rates and his walk rates actually improved. He just gave up more home runs last year.” In eight seasons with the Cincinnati Reds during his prime Harang, 35, won at least 10 games four times. He’s also pitched for the Oakland A’s, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres.In Indians camp, he joins a growing group competing for the fifth spot in the rotation.

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