The Philadelphia Phillies, who have one of the games top trade chips in Cole Hamels, are getting calls from teams asking about one of their other starting pitchers.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that calls regarding right-handed pitcher Aaron Harang “have picked up and teams are scouting him as a possible solution.”

Harang, 37, signed with the Phillies this past offseason on a one-year, $5 million deal. He has far exceeded the contract, as he’s put up a 3-3 record with a 2.38 ERA and 31/9 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

“[Harang] gives you a steady, dependable performance,” said an NL scout to Cafardo. “You don’t give up a lot for him, but if you can get him for a second-level prospect, you do it.”

It’s unclear who has inquired about Harang, but he would be a solid addition as a No. 4 or 5 starter for any team looking for rotation help.

Give Ruben Amaro Jr. credit for this signing. He gets plenty of heat from Phillies fans and deservedly so, but he may end up turning a 37-year-old pitcher into a mid-tier prospect. Not bad.

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  1. Luis

    These mid tier prospect almost never pan out. I dont really get too excited about them. The Astros have been doing this for years and only recently found some success. The Phils will probably have to wait to Pettibone gets back. Or see how Morgan pans out. This is before they make and trades as they are extremely thin at SP. Rube will be on the lookout for someones discarded SP and sign them. This probably wont happen to a little later in the season. One of these will have to take place before Harang is traded.

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