Originally written on Dodgers Rumors  |  Last updated 11/16/14

Dodgers beat writer Ken Gurnick posted earlier this afternoon that Ned Colletti met with the agent for Aaron Harang earlier today. Gurnick mentions that Harang is being considered as a replacement in the rotation for Kuroda, but in all honesty I think the interest in there regardless. The Dodgers only have Kershaw, Billingsley, Lilly, and assuming Eovaldi locked into the 2012 rotation. Behind them? Well it's not too pretty John Ely, and essentially a slew of pitching talent with no major league experience.

While Colletti has already acknowledged that his 2012 payroll will be reduced from the $110 million of 2011 (rumors are saying as little as $90 million), Colletti said that Kuroda still remains a top priority for the club, but the decision is not for Kuroda to make on his own.

"It's half and half. It's not only him, it's us," Colletti said. See this tells me much the same as it tells Gurnick. I think the Dodgers have one foot out on Kuroda already, especially with him being 37 and coming with a $12MM price tag.On top of all that Kuroda is coming off the best season of his career, so he could be looking for a raise? What better way to cut down that budget then reducing it by $8MM by going with a guy like Harang? Harang, 33, made only $3.5MM in 2011, and in 170.2 innings pitched, he posted an ERA of 3.64/WHIP 1.37/124 strikeouts, and a 14-7 record in the hitter friendly confines of Petco Park. By comparison, Kuroda will be 37 next spring and went 13-16 with a 3.07 ERA in 202 innings for the Dodgers. I'm just saying, I'm just saying...


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