Following last night's late inning loss to the Washington Nationals, the Effing Mets signed veteran (and well past his prime) Aaron Harang. Having recently been designated for assignment by the Seattle Mariners, the 35 year old Harang is well removed from his best years in Cincinnati where his posted back-to-back 16 win seasons in 2006 and 2007.
Assigned to AAA Las Vegas, there is no immediate timetable for Harang's debut with the Mets, but fans were reminded last night just how thin the team's starting pitching has become when Jon Niese left the game in the 6th inning with what they're calling a calf cramp. Its been a tough month for Mets starters, having lost 60% of the rotation to arm ailments during that duration.
If nothing else, Harang (5-11, 5.76 ERA) will provide an alternative to Dice-K (0-2, 8.68 ERA) who has been far from effective since joining the Mets. As always seems to be the case, the Mets will limp towards the season's conclusion with more questions than answers, as fans can take solace in the fact that Harang will not be part of the team's future plans.