August 11, 2009

Veteran Reds starting pitchers Aaron Harang and Bronson Arroyo have cleared waivers and are eligible to be traded, sources said.

Their ability to clear waivers was expected, as Harang has about $18.5 million left on his contract through 2010, and Arroyo has only a slightly more palatable $16.5 million.

The Yankees, who appear to need a fifth starter and are currently employing Sergio Mitre (7.04 ERA) in that role, spoke briefly to the Reds about both pitchers before the trade deadline. But with an expectation that both pitchers would go unclaimed, there was no urgency to talks. At the time, the Reds were asking that the Yankees take at least Arroyo's entire contract.

These two pitchers are so high-priced that it's doubtful the Yankees would take either contract in its entirety.

Neither pitcher is having a great year, further compromising their values. Harang is 6-13 with a 4.43 ERA, Arroyo 10-11 with a 5.04 ERA.

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