@dodgers have been in contact with Dan Haren’s agent. Hard to tell if the fit is right but there’s some interest on both sides
— Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) November 20, 2013
After a less-than-stellar 2013 season with the Washington Nationals, bringing Haren back to Los Angeles may just be the thing he needs to get the veteran hurler back on track. With a 10-14 record, a 4.67 ERA and a WHIP of 1.238, Haren’s numbers were not overwhelming by any means, but they are respectable and he has shown an ability to be a solid starter in the past.
Heading into his 12th professional year, the big righty boasts a career ERA of 3.74 and just over 2,000 innings pitched. Since 2005, Haren has been an absolute workhorse for his teams as he has posted over 200 innings a year in seven out of nine seasons. While he struggled with injury a bit in 2013, there is nothing too serious to worry about the 33-year-old Los Angeles County native.
Growing up in Monterey Park, Haren lived just a short car ride away from Dodger Stadium and has expressed a love for being near his home and family in the past. When Haren got traded to the Los Angeles Angels, he had the opportunity to play close to home for two and a half years. Although he was not as good with the Angels as he had been in the past, Haren still pitched well enough to be a respectable MLB starter.
With the end of the Dodgers’ rotation being a pool of uncertainty, bringing in Haren on a short contract would be a wise idea. If the front office can snag Haren with a one or two year agreement that does not cost them more than he deserves, the gray areas that are Ricky Nolasco, Josh Beckett and Chad Billingsley will be less unnerving. The Dodgers should do all that they can, within reason, to bring Dan Haren back to Southern California.