Oakland Athletics Should Bring Back Dan Haren

By Karl Buscheck
Dan Haren
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The Oakland Athletics just reacquired Kurt Suzuki from the Washington Nationals, and it might be time to deal for another former Athletics player who is currently playing for the Nationals.

Dan Haren, who won 43 games over a three-year run for the Athletics, has a 2.16 ERA since July 1. In his last eight starts, the tall right-hander has allowed two runs or less in seven of those outings. To be fair, that’s after the veteran posted a 6.15 ERA over the first three months of the season. In 2013, he’s posted a line of 8-11 with a 4.64 ERA.

It’s unclear exactly if the team needs another starter. Just this morning, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle tweeted out the following about the team’s upcoming starting assignments:

Clearly, there is a bit of uncertainty regarding who will be taking the mound during this crucial road trip for the Athletics.

A.J. Griffin has issued 15 walks in his past three outings and he has offered up 30 home runs on the year, which is the most in MLBDan Straily has been wildly inconsistent. On Friday night, the young right-hander didn’t allow a hit through the first three innings, but couldn’t make it out of the fourth.

Tommy Milone was demoted a few of weeks ago, and was skipped for today as Jarrod Parker gets the nod in his place. The team is clearly lacking confidence in the left-hander, so a start at Comerica Park against the Detroit Tigers sounds like a less than ideal assignment.

Bartolo Colon could return as soon as Thursday when he’s eligible to be activated from the DL. However, it’s hard to know what to expect from the 40-year-old starter who has lasted just four innings and 2.2 innings in his two most recent outings respectively.

Brett Anderson threw 63 pitches in a rehab assignment for the team’s Single-A affiliate, the Stockton Ports, on Thursday. Anderson allowed five runs, but also struck out six. The lefty will throw a bullpen today, and pending the outcome of that session, he would be in line to throw again Tuesday.

Perhaps it’s ambitious, but it seems as though Anderson might need to slide into one of the spots in Detroit. Essentially, a mending Anderson would be more effective than Straily, Milone or Griffin at this point. Most likely, as Slusser tweets, the Athletics will stick to in-house options. After all, it’s probably too odd to add two former players in the space of a few days.

However, as Davey Johnson, manager of the Nationals notes of Haren: “For a pennant run, he’s a big game pitcher, and he’s showing it every time he goes out now.”

Karl Buscheck is an Oakland Athletics writer for RantSports.com. Follow him o Twitter @KarlBuscheck and add him to your network on Google.  

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