MLB: Haren, Nationals agree to deal
The Washington Nationals have agreed to a one-year, $13 million deal with free agent pitcher Dan Haren. The deal is pending a physical.
Haren, 32, spent the last three seasons with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Last month, the Angels declined the $15.5 million club option they had on Haren and instead bought out the right-hander for $3.5 million. Interesting how that works out, as now Haren will receive $16.5 million in 2013 from both clubs combined. Not bad, eh?
While Haren had a down year in 2012, he did pitch well down the stretch despite back issues. If healthy, he still should be a solid #2 or #3 in a good rotation and the Nationals have a ton of starting pitching, so he should fit in nicely.
The Nationals were involved in the Zach Greinke sweepstakes, but the signing of Haren makes a continued pursuit of Greinke very unlikely.