Harang, Arroyo clear waivers
Their ability to clear waivers was expected
Both pitchers have high salaries, and niether is having a great year
The Yankees had brief talks with the Red about the pitchers near the deadline
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.
MLB Truth & Rumors