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Dodgers working toward deal with Aaron Harang

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The Dodgers might not be done shopping after all.

The bankrupt club is continuing to work toward a deal with starting pitcher Aaron Harang, according to people familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity because an agreement hasn’t been finalized.

[Updated at 1:48 p.m.: A source said the Dodgers were now very close to finalizing the agreement.]

The Dodgers, who are three days removed from signing right-hander Chris Capuano, are viewing the 33-year-old Harang as a potential No. 4 starter.

Harang would be a far less expensive alternative to Hiroki Kuroda, whom the club has ruled out re-signing.

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Harang, who won 16 games in both 2006 and 2007 for the Cincinnati Reds, had a bounce-back season with the San Diego Padres this year. Harang was 14-7 with a 3.64 earned-run average, including 8-5 with a 3.05 ERA at pitcher-friendly Petco Park.

The Dodgers opened a spot on their 40-man roster Monday by placing minor-league outfielder Jamie Hoffmann on outright waivers. Hoffmann was claimed by the Colorado Rockies.

-- Dylan Hernandez in Dallas


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