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Aaron Harang sweepstakes are starting to heating up I guess

Unlike the Phillies' top trade chip, teams are discussing giving the Phillies actual players in exchange for their No. 2 starter.

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Look at the way pitchers are dropping in this league, and with guys like Kyle Kendrick perfectly healthy, the need for pitching is real and raw. So what does a 2.73 ERA through seven starts and his highest SO/W ratio (3.44) since he received Cy Young votes for the only time of his career in 2007 (4.19) get Aaron Harang?


Teams can't enough of Harang, to the point that they would reportedly be willing to include actual players in a deal - something you can't say about Cole Hamels.

According to a major league source, inquiries on him have picked up and teams are scouting him as a possible solution. Obviously not an ace, but he fits the back end of a lot of rotations. "He gives you a steady, dependable performance, " said one NL scout. "You don't give up a lot for him, but if you can get him for a second-level prospect, you do it."

There are plenty of teams that could benefit from a whirring engine in the middle of their rotation, reliably taking them through six or seven innings every five days, and Harang has been the most stable pitcher on the Phillies' staff thus far. This is what they got him for; fill out the rotation, and if he excels, ship him out.

It would be interesting to see Harang on a team that could afford him some help on offense and defense, instead of requiring him to be perfect. In his last start, a 3-2 loss to the Mets, he left one cutter out over the plate and that was pretty much the end of that. His next start is scheduled for Thursday and it sounds like somebody will be watching.

So, who do you think it is? The Red Sox? The Cardinals? Somebody with a decent farm system?! You're right, you're right. Let's not  get ahead of ourselves.

[Makes high-pitched excited noise]