Harang agrees to terms with Reds

Harang agrees to one-year deal with Reds

Aaron Harang's breakthrough 2005 season earned the right-hander quite a hefty raise.

Harang and the Reds avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.35 million contract Tuesday.

That's quite a bump from the $440,000 Harang pulled in last year.

Harang earned the raise by establishing himself as the Reds' most reliable starter in '05. His 11-13 record doesn't tell the whole story, as Harang consistently kept his team in position to win the game and often didn't receive much run support.

Harang's number of victories (11), quality starts (19), innings pitched (211 2/3) and strikeouts (163) were all career highs. He also tied for the team lead with one complete game.

By notching 211 2/3 innings of work, Harang became the first Reds pitcher with 200 innings in a season since right-hander Elmer Dessens led the staff with 205 innings in 2001.

The Reds will sort out their pitching staff in Spring Training, and Harang is expected to be at or near the top of the rotation. This will be the 27-year-old's fourth season with Cincinnati. He was obtained in the midseason trade in 2003 that sent Jose Guillen to the A's.

Two arbitration-eligible players -- shortstop Felipe Lopez and first baseman Adam Dunn -- remain on the Reds' 40-man roster. Tuesday is the deadline for clubs and players to exchange salary figures for the arbitration hearings, which begin Feb. 1.

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.