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San Diego Padres: Why Dan Haren Is a Great Fit

DENVER, CO - JUNE 09:  Starting pitcher Dan Haren #24 of the Los Angeles Angels delivers against the Colorado Rockies during Interleague Play at Coors Field on June 9, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. Haren earned the win as the Angels defeated the Rockies 11-5.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Zak SchmollAnalyst IJune 22, 2016

The San Diego Padres are going to be pursuing starting pitching options at the winter meetings, according to Corey Brock of MLB.com.

Brock then speculated about a few possible options in passing, and one of the names he mentioned was Dan Haren.

That man has been floating around the San Diego Padres for a while, and when you really think about it, it makes a lot of sense why this franchise is in the perfect position to bring him in.

First, he is coming off of a somewhat difficult 2012. While his record ended up at 12-13, it is somewhat more problematic to see his ERA and WHIP their highest point since he was a 23-year-old pitcher mostly out of the bullpen for the St. Louis Cardinals. Those two numbers are mainly under the pitcher's control, and a 4.33 ERA along with a 1.29 WHIP are definitely undesirable.

With those struggles in mind, Haren has somewhat less bargaining power, and San Diego might be able to get him at a much lower rate than they would have been able to at any other point in his career. That is important because there is risk. As evidenced by those numerical increases I just mentioned, he may have hit a little rough patch in his career.

If he bounces back, that would be amazing, but there is no sure bet in baseball. Therefore, that should put the Padres in a favorable position to sign a pitcher with a lot of potential at a lower rate. That is their benefit.

Haren also benefits from this situation. In many sports, when you begin to fall into a slump, it does not help to play in a high-pressure environment. San Diego has not been nearly as successful for the past few seasons, and it might give Haren a little time to get back to the excellent form that we all know he has shown throughout his career.

 

I am definitely not saying that Haren cannot pitch in a high-pressure environment, but it is undoubtedly easier to get back on track from a little bit outside the spotlight.

Overall, this would be a mutually beneficial situation. The Padres would get a pitcher at a reduced price with a lot of potential while Haren would have a low pressure environment to get back on track.

 

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