With many of the trade rumors involving the Los Angeles Dodgers centered around their surplus of outfielders, Dan Haren’s name somewhat surprisingly surfaced in trade talks less than a week ago.
Last season was Haren’s first with the Dodgers after he signed a one-year deal that included a vesting option for 2015. At the time of the report that mentioned Haren’s name in a possible trade scenario was the belief he would retire if dealt.
In an email to ESPN LA’s Mark Saxon, Haren confirmed he isn’t interested in playing for another team outside of Southern California:
My signing with the Dodgers last year and my decision to exercise my player option were based on my desire to play in Southern California near my family,” Haren told ESPN in an email. “I had other opportunities but at this point in my career I have no interest in playing in a city away from my family.”
Haren turned 34 years old in September and next season will mark his 13th year in the Majors. A Monterey Park, Calif. native, Haren spent just over two seasons with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
While the contract includes incentives, Haren will make a base of $10 million next season by virtue of exercising his option that vested once he reached 180 innings. What the Dodgers can expect from the right-hander in 2015 is somewhat of an unknown.
Haren got off to a strong start in 2014 before hitting a five-game losing streak that included being skipped over in one of his starts. Haren rebounded to finish the season 5-2 in his final 10 starts, but didn’t make a postseason experience.
The Dodgers announced in October Haren underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder and he’s expected to make a fully recovery by Spring Training.
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