After a rocky single season in Washington that he ended with a redemptive finish, Dan Haren found a new team, according to several reports. Haren reached an agreement with the Los Angeles Dodgers on a one-year, $10 million contract, a deal first reported by Fox Sports.
Haren longed to pitch on the West Coast and had reached an understanding with Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo that he would not return. The sides parted on “good terms,” Haren said earlier this offseason. Haren signed a one-year, $13 million contract with the Nationals in December 2012, and as their fourth starter, Haren went 10-14 with a 4.67 ERA over 169 2/3 innings.
Haren’s lone year in Washington began with disaster. On June 23, he went on the disabled list with a 6.15 ERA, the highest in the majors. After a 15-day stint on the disabled list – for shoulder inflammation ostensibly, but for his mental health in reality – Haren approached the form that made him one of the most accomplished pitchers of his generation. He went 8-8 with a 3.29 ERA over his final 15 starts, plus one memorable save to cap the Nationals’ 15-inning win in Atlanta.
Having never played on the East Coast, Haren struggled as his wife and two young children remained out west. He contemplated retirement at his lowest point, right before he went on the disabled list. In joining the defending NL West champion Dodgers, Haren fulfilled both his need to pitch on the West Coast and his desire to play for a contender.