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Padres could be a fit for Dan Haren this winter

Nov 4, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

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Free agent right-hander Dan Haren had a frustrating 2012, posting a pedestrian 4.33 ERA across 176 2/3 innings while fighting a lingering lower back issue.

Haren should still find plenty of interest on the open market this offseason, but if he would rather do a one-year “prove-it” style of deal to reestablish his value, there’s no better place than San Diego.

And it turns out the Padres might have interest.

Here’s Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune:

A smile crossed the face of the Padres general manager Friday night when the trade between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Chicago Cubs fell apart. The Angels were trying to send right-handed starting pitcher Dan Haren to the Cubs for reliever Carlos Marmol.

Instead, after the deal with the Cubs collapsed, the Angels bought out Haren’s option for $3.5 million – turning Haren into a free agent.

When it appeared Haren was headed to the Cubs, Byrnes Friday afternoon admitted Haren was among the “eight to 10” starting pitchers the Padres were very interested in.

Even with the Petco Park fences getting a makeover, San Diego is going to remain very pitcher-friendly.

And it shouldn’t take much for Haren to get back on track if he can get a handle on his back discomfort.

The 32-year-old registered a spectacular 3.17 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 192/33 K/BB ratio across 238 1/3 innings with the Angels in 2011. He boasts a solid 3.66 career ERA and a cool 1.18 career WHIP.

  1. canadabaseball - Nov 4, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    The blue jays will also be rumored
    It’s basically a rule that any free agent pitcher will be rumored to go to the beavers

  2. Lukehart80 - Nov 4, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    I don’t expect they will, but I’d love to see the Indians pursue Haren and Brandon McCarthy this off-season. They are certainly in need of some help in the rotation and health concerns should keep both of those guys in an affordable price range.

  3. yankeepunk3000 - Nov 4, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    that’s some cool whip

  4. wj4122 - Nov 4, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    It would be a good option for him at this stage of his career….close to his home, pitcher friendly park, national league void of the dh. The downside of being on a weak team in the division is magnified by the poor run support he will get.

    • ptfu - Nov 4, 2012 at 7:40 PM

      San Diego would indeed be a good fit for Haren, and vice versa.

      The Padres hit better than you think. Dan Haren would get enough run support–not a ton, but enough. Petco may suppress his team’s hitters but it helps him out too.

      What Haren needs to be concerned with is the rest of the Padres pitching staff. The bullpen wasn’t great and (partly due to injuries) the rotation was awful. It’s the rotation that will make or break the Padres’ season, and adding Haren would definitely be a step in the right direction.

  5. bluburt - Nov 5, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Haren would be a weapon in the NL as he can help provide his own run support. His .223.246/.572 line is impressive…

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