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Potential Suitors: Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, Oakland Athletics
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Dan Haren has cleared waivers.
The Washington Nationals struggled to dominate like they did last season, and at 14.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves, the team is likely going to miss the playoffs. The Nats are looking to get rid of some players for others who could potentially help the team rebuild, and Haren makes that list.
Haren signed a one-year, $13 million contract with the Nats over the offseason, but he could walk at the end of the year, so he could be on the move before that happens.
With a 4.99 ERA and 1.277 WHIP this season, Haren probably won't attract a lot of suitors. However, those teams that are in desperate need of pitching could be enticed by his low price.
The D-backs appear on that list of teams that should look into Haren, as he has had success in Arizona in the past and could help a struggling pitching staff. The team's starters have been pitiful this season outside of Patrick Corbin, and Haren could help a team that is 7.5 games out of first place in its division after leading for most of the season.
Haren found success in Arizona when he pitched there in 2008 and 2009, posting ERAs of 3.35 and 2.81 at Chase Field those seasons. He could easily help a struggling pitching staff at home, and he is going to come very cheaply.
There's no guarantee that the D-backs even make the playoffs, and adding Haren won't set the team back much if they don't.
Best Fit: Arizona Diamondbacks