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Report: Dan Haren to sign with Dodgers on one-year, $10 million deal

Nov 24, 2013, 9:49 PM EDT

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Ken Rosenthal is reporting on Twitter that the Dodgers and free agent starter Dan Haren have agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal with a 2015 option that vests at 180 innings pitched. The deal is pending a physical.

Haren, now 33 years old, had a shaky first half of the 2013 season with the Nationals. Through 15 starts, he had a 6.15 ERA before landing on the DL on June 23 with inflammation in his right shoulder. He was much improved in the second half, posting a 3.29 ERA from July 8 through his final start on September 28.

Haren slots into the back of the Dodger rotation behind Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Josh Beckett. Chad Billingsley is also working his way back from Tommy John surgery.

  1. dirtydave6986 - Nov 24, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    How is this even possible?!

    • dan1111 - Nov 25, 2013 at 5:23 AM

      It seems like a good deal for the Dodgers to me. Haren has had two down seasons, but before that he was a very good pitcher for a long time. His second half ERA suggests he at least has the potential to return to form.

      Yes, there is some risk that he continues to struggle and isn’t worth anything. But there is also a decent chance that they will get two years of good pitching at a low price.

    • knowlegeforyou - Nov 25, 2013 at 8:36 AM

      1 yr ago 100% of people on this site would have said Josh Johnson makes more money than Haren

  2. aphillieated - Nov 24, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    I’m surprised. It’s like a millionaire buying a Honda.

    • ptfu - Nov 25, 2013 at 12:23 AM

      Well, Warren Buffett drives a 6-yr-old standard Cadillac sedan. That’s basically like a Honda to him.

      I don’t really know where I’m going with this. I guess the Dodgers are the Warren Buffetts of baseball?

      • Anoesis - Nov 25, 2013 at 1:27 AM

        I’m hoping for that kind of wise spending by the Dodgers.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 25, 2013 at 4:01 AM

      Depends which Haren shows up. Last year’s first-half Haren, they’d do better with an old bicycle. Second-half Haren, that’s a nice ride.

  3. Anoesis - Nov 25, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Tanaka’s coming, too.

  4. socalskinsfan21 - Nov 25, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    doyer fans, enjoy watching danny serve up meatballs into the bleachers. good riddance

  5. tuberippin - Nov 25, 2013 at 3:11 AM

    I don’t really understand this move other than solely from an insurance standpoint (i.e., Haren provides insurance in the rotation if Beckett falters or Billingsley has a setback).

    I take it Zach Lee is still not major-league ready?

    • 22yearsagotoday - Nov 27, 2013 at 7:19 PM

      If Beckett falters?

  6. uyf1950 - Nov 25, 2013 at 6:54 AM

    Seems like more then a reasonable deal for the Dodgers.

  7. xjokerz - Nov 25, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    for the Dodgers it seems like a decent buy low option.

    they have the money, and Haren needs to prove himself to be a good SP again.

  8. ryanrockzzz - Nov 25, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    I like this deal. A cheap price for a veteran starter who pitched well the 2nd half of last year. Much better than paying a ton of money to bring Nolasco or Santana in there.

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