Dodgers Making Moves

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Monday, December 5th, 2011

The Los Angeles Dodgers are wasting no time at the Baseball Winter Meetings as they’ve already signed one player and have another likely on the way. They’ve already signed utility man Jerry Hairston Jr and are apparently close to a deal with pitcher Aaron Harang.

@Ken_Rosenthal: Sources: Hairston is done with #Dodgers. Passes physical. 2 yrs, 6M plus incentives.

In my opinion, this is a pretty hefty deal for a utility man. Hairston can play all three outfield positions, shortstop and second base for the Dodgers. I’m sure the reason he got such a hefty contract is because he’ll be Dee Gordon’s replacement at short if he proves not ready to handle everyday duties. Even then I’m not sure why they’d spend so much on a guy who only hit .270 over 376 plate appearances, with only five homers last season.

@Ken_Rosenthal: #Dodgers still working on Harang. Deal expected to be north of Capuano. Two years, $12M range.

It appears the Dodgers are throwing darts at the wall when it comes to starting pitchers this free agency. They first signed Chris Capuano for two years, $10 million now they’re bringing in Aaron Harang. With the guys they’re bringing in they are some very expensive darts.

I think Harang will be better for the Dodgers though as he’s just simply a better pitcher then Capuano. My only concern is how he’ll respond in pitching all of his games outside the friendly confines of Petco Park. It’s not like the park is a bandbox but it’s still bigger then his former home.

The reason for concern is his 4.70 ERA over 11 starts in 2011. Although he does have a good career at Dodger Park, 3.65 ERA over 24 innings pitched. Hopefully for them that continues.

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