The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed starter Dan Haren to a one-year, $10 million contract, according to reports. The deal also includes an option for 2015 that vests at 180 innings. The eal is pending a physical. Haren and the Dodgers have shown interest for days now, as it was reported that the two sides were in discussions days ago.
Haren, 33, has a career 3.74 ERA in his 11 years in the Major Leagues. He averages 33 starts a year, showing his reliability. In 2013, with the Nationals, Haren went 10-14 with a 4.67 ERA. He pitched well in the second half of 2013, going 6-4 with a 3.52 ERA in that time. He could be a reliable pitcher for Los Angeles. In 5 1/2 years in the National League, Haren has posted a 3.95 ERA with a 1.19 WHIP. He averages 216 innings per year, and should be a good pitcher for the Dodgers.
Haren will heading to a Dodgers staff that will likely be headed by Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, and Hyun-Jin Ryu, three pitchers who all showed great success in 2013. Dodgers starters ranked first in ERA in 2013 with a 3.13 mark, 29 points ahead of the Cardinals second place staff. Haren will likely be a fourth or fifth starter for Los Angeles. He might be replacing Ricky Nolasco, the veteran pitcher who may be lost to free agency.