Dan Haren Signs with the Los Angeles Dodgers

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistNovember 24, 2013

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed free-agent starting pitcher Dan Haren.

Los Angeles confirmed the move on Monday, via their official Twitter account:


Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports originally reported that the deal would be worth $10 million for 2014 and then have a vesting option for 2015:

Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register noted that it's a return home for the native of Monterey Park, California:

The 33-year-old starting pitcher is coming off the worst season of his career. He started 30 games for the Washington Nationals, going 10-14 with a 4.67 earned run average. He briefly commented on his new home (via the Dodgers):

Count Grantland's Jonah Keri as a fan of the deal:

Bleacher Report's Jason Martinez was also very positive about the news:

There's no doubt that this would be a great deal for the Dodgers if Haren returns to form. Considering some of the deals that have been signed by other pitchers this offseason, Haren would present great value in a weak free-agent class. 

Once considered one of the best pitchers in the league, he is a three-time All-Star, finishing fifth in the Cy Young Award voting in 2009 and then seventh in 2011. He has a career record of 129-111 with a 3.74 earned run average.

Although the Dodgers have a great top end of the rotation, there are definitely question marks surrounding Josh Beckett and Chad Billingsley, both of whom lost the majority of 2013 due to injuries. Haren can be a great option as a No. 4 or 5 starter for Los Angeles, making that starting rotation even more intimidating than it was last season.

Couple that with an offense that has Yasiel Puig for the entire season, and the rest of the league is officially on notice.