Having broken camp with too many starting pitchers and not enough rotation spots, the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday traded right-hander Aaron Harang to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for catcher Ramon Hernandez.
In two weeks, the Rockies have added veterans Jon Garland, scheduled to start Saturday night against the San Diego Padres, and Harang.
Given the offseason signings of Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu, the Dodgers had a surplus of starters. Behind Clayton Kershaw, Greinke, Ryu, Josh Beckett and the recovering Chad Billingsley, Harang, like Chris Capuano, was sent to the bullpen. He had no real role, however, so a trade was inevitable.
The Dodgers believed they were short catching depth after starter A.J. Ellis and backup Tim Federowicz, so sought a veteran at that position. The Denver Post first reported Hernandez had been traded.
Assuming Billingsley continues to recover from a bruised finger, the Dodgers could also trade Capuano in the coming weeks.
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