PHILADELPHIA — Aaron Harang’s latest stop in the NL East is Philadelphia.
The Phillies signed the well-traveled pitcher to a one-year, $5 million contract Monday. Harang joins his eighth major league team and third in the same division in three years.
Harang was 12-12 with a 3.57 ERA in 33 starts for the Atlanta Braves last season. The right-hander finished ninth in the National League in innings with 204.1.
The 36-year-old joins a rotation that currently includes ace lefties Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee. The rebuilding Phillies traded shortstop Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers and outfielder Marlon Byrd to Cincinnati.
Harang has a career record of 122-128 with a 4.21 ERA in 358 games, including 352 starts.
SOURCE SAYS MARLINS WILL PASS ON HAREN: With spring training barely six weeks away, it’s uncertain whether or where Dan Haren will pitch this year.
But it won’t be in Miami.
The Marlins have given up trying to persuade Haren to pitch for them this season, and the team hopes to swing a trade for the right-hander, a person familiar with the discussions said.
The person confirmed Haren’s status on condition of anonymity because Haren and the Marlins haven’t commented publicly on the situation since shortly after he was traded to Miami by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Dec. 10.
The 34-year-old wants to pitch close to his family in Southern California, and the Marlins knew that when they acquired him in a seven-player deal. He’s considering retirement but is working out this winter and preparing to pitch just as he has done in the past.
Haren is under contract for $10 million this year. Even if he’s traded again or retires, the Marlins will still receive cash from the Dodgers believed to equal his salary.
Last year Haren went 13-11 with a 4.02 ERA.
Source: Pierzynski gets 1-year deal: A person with direct knowledge of the deal said the Braves reached an agreement on a one-year contract with catcher A.J. Pierzynski.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal would not become official until after Pierzynski successfully completes a physical exam, scheduled for this week.
The 38-year-old likely will play behind 23-year-old Christian Bethancourt. Evan Gattis is expected to move from catcher to left field following the trade of Justin Upton to San Diego. That cleared a path for Bethancourt, one of the Braves’ top prospects.
Pierzynski hit .259 with five homers and 37 RBIs for St. Louis and Boston in 2014.
Around the majors
The Rockies bolstered their defense and provided their young pitching staff with an experienced veteran behind the plate when they finalized a $6.25 million, two-year contract with catcher Nick Hundley. ... Infielder Cliff Pennington and the Diamondbacks agreed to a one-year contract worth $3,275,000. ... Adam Rosales agreed to a $900,000, one-year contract with the Rangers. ... A source said the White Sox agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with utility player Emilio Bonifacio. ... Stu Miller, the former Giants pitcher who committed perhaps the most famous balk in All-Star Game history, died Sunday. He was 87. Miller is most remembered for his All-Star performance at Candlestick Park in 1961. He was called for a balk in the ninth inning, which helped the AL score the tying run. Miller got the win in extra innings.