In the off-season, the Los Angeles Dodgers signed right-hander Dan Haren to a one-year, $10 million deal that included another $10 million option for 2015 contingent upon Haren throwing 180 innings this season.
After a strong outing against the New York Mets on Friday night, Haren sits at 150 innings through 130 games. He has a chance for four or five more starts to throw 30 more innings. The right-hander has struggled with consistency, but still sits at 11-10 with a 4.44 ERA.
According to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times, Haren is not thinking about the innings and the option right now:
I couldn’t care less,” Haren said. “It might sound stupid, but who knows if I would want to play next year? I’d rather throw 179 2/3 and us win the division, honestly. I’ve made enough money in my life. I’ve been blessed. Hopefully, my kids’ kids are set up. It’s a lot of money, I don’t want to devalue that and sound like a snob, but my goal is for this team to achieve what we set out to.”
The 33-year-old has yet to win a World Series in his career and next season would mark his 13th in the league, making him focused on winning:
That’s like the last thing on my mind, honestly,” Haren said. “I’m just trying to pitch good games, whatever else happens, happens. I just want to give us a chance every time, how many innings I throw, I don’t really care. I just want to be good for the team, that’s it.”
Haren had hit a rough patch in July, but has a 2.70 ERA in his last four starts, going 3-1 in that span. He has gone at least six innings in three of those starts to help a Dodgers rotation that has been hit by injuries lately, with Hyun-Jin Ryu and Josh Beckett on the disabled list and Paul Maholm out for the season with an ACL tear.
The Dodgers will need Haren to pitch well the rest of the way in order to repeat as NL West champions and make a run to the World Series.
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