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MLB Storylines: Indians add Harang to the rotation competition

MLB Storylines: Indians add Harang to the rotation competition
Aaron Harang is another candidate for the Indians vacant fifth starter spot. (Photo: AP)
February 16, 2014
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In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @ajnicholsIBI.

With no major signings or trades occurring on Saturday, there are no "Top Stories." Instead, I will give a rundown of all of the day's news and notes.

Here are the stories from Saturday, February 15th.

News and Notes

  • The Indians announced that they have signed veteran starter Aaron Harang to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training. Harang, 36, will compete for the fifth spot in the Cleveland rotation this spring.
  • Tribe pitcher Josh Tomlin lost his arbitration case on Friday. Tomlin had asked for $975K for the 2014 season, but will instead earn $800K.
  • The Cubs have signed infielder Emilio Bonifacio to a minor league deal. He can earn a base salary of $2.5 million with an extra $425K available through incentives if he makes the Cubs roster. Bonifacio was released earlier this offseason by the Royals.
  • Ken Rosenthal wrote that the Orioles are willing to part with their 17th overall pick in the June draft in order to sign one of the remaining free agents tied to draft pick compensation.
  • Jon Heyman wrote that Ervin Santana currently has a long list of suitors, including the Blue Jays, Orioles, Mariners, Indians, Rockies, and Royals.
  • In unfortunate news, Mark Mulder's comeback is over before it even started. The veteran pitcher ruptured his Achilles tendon during agility drills on Saturday and will not pitch in 2014. Mulder later tweeted: "I can handle this. But seeing my son in tears when he saw me in a boot and crutches and I told him I wasn't going to pitch. That was tough."

User Comments

February 16, 2014 - 11:24 PM EST
If Harang ends up being Dave Burba it will be the best move of the offseason.
February 16, 2014 - 2:45 PM EST
...word up Shy!
February 16, 2014 - 12:07 PM EST
Thought Harang just needed to get out of the GAB to get his career back on track. Thought Petco park was the perfect spot for him, Just shows you what I know. Should be a great presence at camp. Saw him and Jimenez pitch an exhibition game against each other in Tucson a few years ago. Neither was at the top of their game that day.
February 16, 2014 - 12:03 PM EST
I was a big Mulder guy as an A's fan out here. Hudson, Zito, Mulder were as good a set of los tres caballeros as you're going to see- now we're down to Huddy- hopefully he'll have a big year for the Giants. Aaron Harang- he has thrown lots of strikes pitched lots of good games, had a few good years but what he can bring to the table at this point other than being tall and throwing on a downward plane is probably filler. I remember when the Indians signed Dave Burba from Cinci like 14 years ago it was a filler deal. Antonetti does a lot of filler deals. We don't need any more filler, we need KILLER.

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