Originally Posted by Dunner44
I'd really like to know when his current contract is up. If we can avoid arbitration with Aaron and lock him up for the next few years, then that would be huge for the team. I would have been willing to do this after his performance last year, and he seems to get better every year. If we can keep him and Bronson as our 1 and 2 guys, we have a very good front of the roatation. I think Harang has the ability to be a #1 starter in this league, and I can't wait to see what he can continue to do this season.
He's currently working on a one-year deal, though the Reds hold his rights until after the 2008 season.
I don't know that I'd put him in the #1 category. I suppose he could imitate one in a career year, but he's probably going to be a dependable #3 guy (200+ IP, sub-4.00 ERA) for a few years. Arroyo fits into the same mold. For a small market team like the Reds, a trio of #3 guys to go with a good offense, a solid bullpen and a capable defense could be just the ticket for a regular run at the postseason.
Anyway, like Spitball, I'd love to see the team hammer out a three-year extension with Harang.