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Are the Dodgers about to dump Dan Haren?

Jul 24, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

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Dan Haren finished last season strong for the Nationals, signed a one-year, $10 million deal with the Dodgers this offseason, and got off to a nice start in Los Angeles.

However, since June 1 he has a 6.04 ERA in 10 starts and has served up 13 homers in 52 innings, which is why the Dodgers are seemingly thinking about dumping the 33-year-old former All-Star from the rotation. His being 58 innings short of triggering a $15 million option for 2015 is also a big factor.

Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles reports that Haren’s turn in the rotation will be skipped at least once, meaning he won’t start again before August 2, and between Josh Beckett‘s impending return from the disabled list and the July 31 trade deadline arriving next week he might be out of a job altogether.

When asked about Haren’s status, manager Don Mattingly gave a non-answer:

Danny has kept us in a lot of games. The last couple haven’t been great. Again, now is not the time to sit here and discuss Danny’s next start or his future or anything else.

Even if Haren sticks in the rotation for now there’s no way the Dodgers will want to be on the hook for $15 million on him next season, so something will change down the stretch.

  1. gdobs227 - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Francisco Liriano hit a ball hard off of him last night.

    ‘Nuff said.

  2. pstone29 - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    The vesting option is for $10M in 2015. Not $15M. but either way, The Dodgers won’t be letting him get to it. He’s fallen off a cliff.

    • garylanglais - Jul 24, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      And they can’t trade him (assuming someone, actually, ya know…wanted him) because the player options becomes $11m for 2015 upon being traded.

  3. wilmyers09 - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    why would the not want his contract almost all dodgers have bad contracts like this and are keeping him lol

    • apkyletexas - Jul 24, 2014 at 10:57 PM

      Why not? They owe Kemp $107 million AFTER this year, Crawford $62 million, Ethier $53 million. That’s $222 million dollars for an outfield that almost certainly will NOT contribute for the lengths of their contracts.

  4. J. Robert Hanson - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Sadly, Dan’s best days are far behind him.

  5. geejon - Jul 24, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    It’s too bad they didn’t give Brian Wilson some kind of vesting option rather than a player option for 2015. He’s got $9 million that he’ll definitely opt in for considering his horrid season.

    Add that to the horrible Matt Guerrier, Brandon League and Chris Perez contracts that have been given the past few years and I’m waiting to see what idiocy they come up with to “shore up” middle relief by the deadline. With their track record nothing would shock me.

    • edelmanfanclub - Jul 24, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      Agreed, paying for names not performance. Perez is an average reliever who has his valued pumped up by a meaningless save statistic. League is extremely overpaid, but his ERA BAA WHIP and ERA+ are all at career highs this year. Guerrier, obviously not with the team but not worthy of the 3 year deal they gave him. Wilson, still got the beard, but pretty much lost the arm.

    • senioreditor2 - Jul 24, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      Why not throw in Ethier, Kemp, trading for Crawford and not moving Hanley this season before the deadline……………………..It’s going to be 3 more years before most of the dead weight is gone. Hopefully they don’t compound it by giving Lester or Scherzer a crazy contract this off season?????????

    • koufaxmitzvah - Jul 24, 2014 at 5:34 PM

      League is doing okay. I think Guerrier was the former regime. Chris Perez is making $2 million, so in the grand scheme of things, he’s at the bottom of the payroll.

      Dodgers ownership are billionaires. You make your bullpen with $10 million contracts. The line-up has $15-25 million contracts. The pitching staff can go as high as $30 million contracts. In this context, $10 million to chuck at a major league veteran free agent with a history of success to play the 5th spot in the rotation really isn’t that crazy.

  6. bairdmartin31 - Jul 24, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Probably get him in for 57 innings worth of mop up duty.

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