Dan Haren: Take Off Your Shoes...Stay A While

Matt OffermannCorrespondent IAugust 5, 2008

Last December right handed pitcher Dan Haren was in a huge trade involving the Oakland A's and the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks acquired Dan Haren and Connor Robertson from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Brett Anderson, Dana Eveland, Greg Smith, Chris Carter, Aaron Cunningham and Carlos Gonzalez.

The Diamondbacks took a chance on Haren in exchange for six good prospects. It appears that the change of scenery was good for Haren because he wants to stay for a lot longer and he just got his wish.

Haren was asked about how it was in Arizona and the hurler replied, "I knew I'd like it here, I've said before I didn't know I'd like it this much. The guys have been great, the team is exciting to watch and it's fun to have them play behind me."

The Diamondbacks have just signed Haren to a four-year extension that is worth $44.75 million. This deal should keep Dan in Arizona until the 2013 season. The deal states that Haren will be paid $7.5 million next year, $8.25 million in 2010 and $12.75 million each in 2011 and 2012.

The team option is for $15.5 million, and if the D-backs choose not to pick it up they must pay a $3.5 million buyout.

This year Haren is definitely earning his keep. In 23 starts Haren is 12-5 with a 2.75 ERA, which is the top five in the National League. The Arizona Diamondbacks, Dan Haren, Arizona fans, and Dan Haren fans, for that matter, all hope this deal helps them all to the number one goal, a world series title.