So of course many are calling for the head of Aaron Harang after he got knocked around good in his last start. The Reds should be open to trading him, as they should be to any scenario where they could improve their team, but while we all love prospects Harang wouldn't bring back any of particular value. Obviously they could just try a straight salary dump, but I had a different idea.
My proposal would be a swap of Aaron Harang to the Royals for Gil Meche. Harang has struggled over the last two years while Meche had a bad 2009 along with injury problems, and is currently being knocked around this season. Harang is owed $12.5 million for 2010 and, if he's traded, a $14.5 million mutual option for 2011. Meche is owed $12 million in 2010 and $12 million in 2011. Obviously Harang's a bit higher but the Royals could cut ties with him after this year by declining their end of the option, something they couldn't do with Meche.
Meche would be going to the NL for the first time in his career and a change of scenery could do him good. Harang would also be getting a change of scenery and would pitch in a ballpark that isn't such a bandbox.