The Phillies signed Aaron Harang this offseason in hopes that he would fill some innings in the first half of the season and pitch well enough to gather some trade interest for a July move.
Harang is pitching as well as the Phillies could have hoped. In fact, the Phillies are already getting calls regarding the right-hander, a Major League source told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe in his Sunday notes column.
A National League Scout told Cafardo that he has been impressed with Harang and feels that he would be worth a second-level prospect in return.
Teams like the Astros, who are contending and could need some starting pitching depth, could make sense in a deal for Harang. In the case of Houston, they do have plenty of minor league depth, including some pieces the Phillies would like.
On the season, Harang has pitched extremely well, going 3-3 with a 2.38 ERA (2.97 FIP) in 45.1 innings, working to a 31 to 9 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Harang pitched seven innings of three run ball (two earned) just yesterday against the Mets.