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Finally home, Harang contemplates moving

Posted on: July 27, 2011 8:38 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 8:49 pm
 
Aaron Harang does not want to be traded.

No. I mean, the Padres' starter REALLY does not want to be traded.

"You hear the rumors and hope it doesn't happen," says the native San Diegan, who signed with his hometown Padres as a free agent last winter.

His wife just gave birth to a twin son and daughter seven months ago. Three uncles, two aunts, both of his grandmothers and six cousins all live in San Diego. Two of the cousins have children the same age as Harang's oldest daughter, who will turn 5 in October. Not only do Harang's parents live in the area, so, too, do his wife's parents.

No, this guy wants nothing to do with a deal.

Yet ... with the Padres out of the race, Detroit is interested in Harang. Boston is watching. So, too, are several other clubs.

Somebody is not going to land Colorado's Ubaldo Jimenez. Somebody is going to miss on the Dodgers' Hiroki Kuroda. After that ... well, there's just not a lot out there this summer in the starting pitcher department.

"I'd like to stay here," says Harang, who has bounced back from back, appendix and forearm issues over the past three seasons to go 9-2 with a 3.45 ERA over 17 starts this season. "I want to stay here.

"It's been nice for me. My family is here. It's a comfortable fit. I like the guys in the clubhouse.

"I feel like this is where I'm meant to be."

Over the next four days, we'll see whether the Padres feel the same way.

In his favor to stay: He and the Padres have a mutual $5 million option for 2012. That's very affordable, even for the Padres, for a starting pitcher.

Working against him: The Padres need a major influx of talent and are not exactly overloaded with trade chips. And there is no reason why they can't trade Harang while at the same time telling him they'd like to re-sign him as a free agent this winter.

Amid the uncertainty in the Padres' clubhouse, Harang has plenty of company with whom to discuss things. Closer Heath Bell, set-up man Mike Adams, reliever Chad Qualls and outfielder Ryan Ludwick all are in play at the trade deadline.

"We talk about it a little bit," Harang says. "We're all in the same boat. We don't know what's going on. Until we get told something ... we hear all the rumors. We get family and friends texting us telling us, 'We hear this' or 'We hear that.'

"There's nothing we can do to control it."

The bright side for Harang is, hey, at least he's healthy and productive. That's the whole reason he's in this fix.

"Obviously, people who are seeing me know I've been throwing well," Harang says. "I had a little fluke setback with my foot, but that had nothing to do with my arm or my back."
Comments

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 28, 2011 11:12 pm
 

Finally home, Harang contemplates moving

All Harang did was tell you how he felt Mr. Redwing guy...he didn't say he wouldn't go to another team, if traded, and pitch his best..

No. All he did was pretty much guarantee nobody offers anything worth trading him for because they know he won't sign an extension with them. What he did was selfish and pretty well prevents his team from getting anything for him.  

he knows he's lucky to be a big leaguer...he knows he's been paid well...he's been a consummate professional throughout his career (see Reds fan post)...don't think he deserves your vitriol

You still don't get what I said, do you?  What I'm saying is if he's serious about being close to his new baby twins as well as a 5 year old, his wife and the rest of his family then he needs to retire !! That's it, nothing more nothing less.   The guy has grossed well over 40 million dollars in his career. Anybody with a brain would never need to work again.  And save the "he loves baseball" nonesense because family comes before your career, if you don't need to work then you don't.  If you're an athlete either shut up and accept anything that happens or be thankful you can retire at 33 years old with enough money to live the rest of your life like a king. 

This whiny "I love my family and need to be close to them but I would move if i had to so I could make another 40 million my next contract" crap is exactly that, crap.  

 



Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: July 28, 2011 5:44 pm
 

Don't be greedy

You've made your millions, how many more do you need???  Did you loose it in the market or on stippers???  Shut up and play or retire.  Be glad that you have more money than the idiots that pay to see you play in SD.



Since: Mar 17, 2011
Posted on: July 28, 2011 5:02 pm
 

Finally home, Harang contemplates moving

"Thou shalt not covet..."   &nb
sp;  Live Aaron Harang alone or Padres fans get hurt.    Yell


Send Brad Hawpe packing.  That's ok.



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 4:40 pm
 

Finally home, Harang contemplates moving

Haha, someone hit the nail on the head. He didn't say he refuses to play anywhere else or that he's going to throw a fit if he has to pack it up.  The guy would rather be closer to his family,..oh yeah, it's San Diego. Pretty good place to live.



Since: Dec 29, 2010
Posted on: July 28, 2011 3:41 pm
 

Finally home, Harang contemplates moving

Aaron,

If you read the comments below the articles, thanks for all of your work in a Reds uniform.  Saw you pitch 5 straight opening days for us, and many other games as well.  You were great for the organization and did a ton for Reds fans.  Hope everything works the best for you, congrats on the twins.



Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 2:13 pm
 

Finally home, Harang contemplates moving

All Harang did was tell you how he felt Mr. Redwing guy...he didn't say he wouldn't go to another team, if traded, and pitch his best...and yet, to you, he's a big baby (complete with angry capital letters...way cool)...he knows he's lucky to be a big leaguer...he knows he's been paid well...he's been a consummate professional throughout his career (see Reds fan post)...don't think he deserves your vitriol





Since: May 30, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 1:33 pm
 

Finally home, Harang contemplates moving

Funny how this Redwings dude made a comment and now slams 2 others for commenting on his comment.  Dude you are doing the same.  Harang made a comment, its how he feels and yet you are bashing it?  You need to grow up and get a life. 



Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: July 28, 2011 1:30 pm
 

Finally home, Harang contemplates moving

Next time get a no trade clause



Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: July 28, 2011 1:30 pm
 

Finally home, Harang contemplates moving

Next time get a no trade clause



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 28, 2011 1:20 pm
 

Finally home, Harang contemplates moving

so the guy had a career in baseball where he was paid lucrativley....I say good on him and to the hell with the haters and jealousy mongers....get better at what you do maybe you can earn a good income one day....but quit whining!

Listen man.  You can try and twist what I said all you like but it doesn't make a difference.  Here's the bottom line.  Either family is the most important thing to somebody or it isn't, end of story.  For a lot of people yes, they love their family but their careers come first.  I have a couple family members in Canada that make millions that chose careers over spending time with their children.  If that's his choice then that's his choice and I could care less.

But don't talk to reporters about how your whole family is in the area you play in and if you're traded it's going to hurt you because that's a choice, nobody can force him to do anything.  If his family comes first then retire.  If baseball comes first then go wherever you're traded to if it happens and shut the hell up. 


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