CLEVELAND, OH - The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has signed free agent RHP Aaron Harang to a Minor League contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League spring training camp.
Harang, 35, owns a career Major League record of 110-116 with a 4.28ERA in 325 games/319 starts (1945.1IP, 2041H, 925ER, 590BB, 1573SO) over a 12-year Major League career with six teams since debuting with Oakland in 2002. He was Cincinnati's Opening Day starter over five straight seasons (2006-2010), finished fourth in the 2007 NL Cy Young Voting (16-6, 3.73ERA) and led the National League in wins (16), complete games (6) and strikeouts (216) in 2006. His 289 starts since 2004 are the ninth highest total in the Majors over that span. Recently, his 3.61 ERA for the LA Dodgers in 2012 marked a career-low after posting a 3.64 ERA for San Diego the previous season.
The 6-7, San Diego native spent most of the 2013 season with the Seattle Mariners after going to spring training with the Dodgers, going 5-11 with a 5.76 ERA in 22 starts (77ER/120.1IP). He was the only Mariners pitcher to toss a shutout in 2013, recording a 4-hitter vs. San Diego in May and a 2-hitter vs. Houston in June. He latched on with the New York Mets over the last month of the season after being released by the Mariners, going 0-1 w/a 3.52 ERA (23.0IP, 20H, 9ER, 26SO) and averaged 10.17 strikeouts per 9.0IP in four starts with the Mets.