After the signing was first reported last night, the Los Angeles Dodgers officially announced their deal with starting pitcher Dan Haren on a one-year deal.
The deal is a one-year deal worth $10 million with incentives that could add another $3 million. There’s also a player option that vests if Haren reaches 180 innings this season.
According to the official Dodgers Twitter account, Haren spoke about some of the reasons he became a Dodger:
“I came to a lot of (Dodger) games as a kid. It means so much to my family and I to come back to Southern California.” -Dan Haren
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) November 26, 2013
Haren spent time in Southern California from 2010-2012 with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, but it’s clear that the Dodgers provide more of a homecoming for the 33-year-old. The right-hander also said he consulted Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke and that Greinke mentioned the talent and atmosphere at Dodger Stadium as selling points.
The former Washington Nationals pitcher lives in the same gated community as Dodger hitting coach Mark McGwire. Haren said that he plans to reach all his incentives in 2014, which are 150 innings and 24 starts for the extra money and the 180 innings for a player option to vest. He started 30 games last season with the Nationals and threw 169.2 innings and has started at least 30 games in the past nine seasons, reaching at least 150 innings in those seasons.
The Dodgers said they may not be done with starting pitching, meaning Haren could find himself slotted in the fifth spot depending on what happens. The rotation already features Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu and NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw, but Ned Colletti could be waiting for the new posting agreement to pursue Japenese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.
Haren should provide stability in the rotation and will be looking to make his homecoming one to remember as the Dodgers continue to fill other needs.