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:
Sources: Haren to #Dodgers, one year, $10M plus 2015 option that vests at 180 innings. Pending physical.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 25, 2013
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):
"To pitch for a championship-level club -- things couldn't have happened any better for me." -Dan Haren— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) November 26, 2013
Count Grantland's Jonah Keri as a fan of the deal:
Love Dan Haren at 1 year, $10 million. Even with every team drowning in money, looks like there are bargains to be had.— Jonah Keri (@jonahkeri) November 25, 2013
Bleacher Report's Jason Martinez was also very positive about the news:
Dan Haren from July thru Sept: 3.29 ERA, 87.2 IP, 74 H, 18 BB, 84 K. I thought he'd get 3 yrs and $39-45M. Great signing by #Dodgers.— Jason Martinez (@mlbdepthcharts) November 25, 2013
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.