The San Diego Padres are in desperate need of a shake up. After coming off a 76-86 2012 season, and watching their rivals the Los Angeles Dodgers make blockbuster trades and the San Francisco Giants win another World Series, the Padres need to stay relevant in the NL West.
The Padres, and General Manager Josh Byrnes, learned their lesson in 2012 after losing a good chunk of their starting pitching due to injuries. Depth. Depth. Depth.
Dan Haren is often brought up during the Padres’ offseason talks. As Bill Center of the Union Tribune reports, “[GM] Byrnes Friday afternoon admitted Haren was among the “eight to 10” starting pitchers the Padres were very interested in.”
With the addition of Haren, the Padres could be a darkhorse contender in the NL West. We’ve seen the potential of their young hitters, and with highly-touted prospects nearing the MLB, the Padres could be an all-around solid team this upcoming year.
Seemingly, the only issue with signing Haren will be landing him in the Padres’ budget. As Yahoo Sports Jeff Passan states via Twitter, “everyone with whom I've spoken today says the same thing: The entire pitching market -- FA and trade -- is waiting for Zack Greinke to sign.”
Thus, Bill Center speculates, “The Padres are still interested in Haren. It’s going to be a wait and see game.”
UPDATE: Several sources are claiming Nationals and Dan Haren have agreed on a contract