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Farewell, Dan Haren

December 4th, 2012

News broke out of Nashville this morning that the Washington Nationals have agreed to terms on a one-year, $13 million contract with Dan Haren, officially putting an end to the right-hander’s career as an Angel.

Including the $3.5 million buyout Haren received from the Halos, his salary for next season will be $16.5 million, a cool million more than he would have earned had the Angels picked up his option.

Haren unfortunately finished his 2½-year tenure in Anaheim on a low note, posting a 4.33 ERA and allowing an Ervinian 1.4 long balls per nine over 30 starts in 2012. Bothered by lower back problems* for much of the season, Haren’s velocity dropped precipitously close to the Kazmir-Zito threshold, which would have rendered him wholly ineffective rather than just kind of sucky.

*Amazingly, Dan’s short stint on the disabled list at mid-season was his first trip to the DL in 10 big-league seasons. For pitchers not named Livan Hernandez, that is absolutely unheard of.

Haren’s first season and a half with the Angels were nothing short of spectacular, and those are the memories of the right-hander I will recall when looking back on his brief stint with the club.  In his first 48 starts, Haren compiled a 3.09 ERA, 4.63 SO/BB and 0.8 HR/9, rivaling the best stints of his career.

The 32-year-old joins a Nationals staff already loaded with talent. With his one-year, low teens deal, Haren essentially becomes the 2013 version of Edwin Jackson for the Nats. i.e. The club likely has hopes that Haren will return to form and give them the best rotation in baseball, but if he puts together another mediocre season like 2012 it doesn’t matter much because he’s their No. 4 starter.

We here at Halos Daily wish Dan the best of luck in D.C., and are incredibly envious that he gets to be part of a 100-win team, even if for a single season.



  • Jack Mormon says on: December 5, 2012 at 12:27 am


    Yes, Dan Haren had back problems last year, but guess what? His replacement, Tommy Hanson, also had back problems. He was on the DL with a lower back strain after the all-star break. I guess the Angels decided that a 26-year-old with a back history was a less risky investment than a 31-year-old with a back history.

    This could come back to bite the Angels, particularly if Zack Greinke goes elsewhere and Jerome Williams and Garrett Richards cannot become more consistent and reliable.

    • Hudson Belinsky says on: December 5, 2012 at 3:08 am


      They’ll also pay Hanson a fraction of the price that they would have paid Haren. They could then potentially raise their bid on Greinke.

  • Dubya19 says on: December 9, 2012 at 4:28 pm


    I’m getting quite a kick out of Angels fans’ hypocrisy after losing out on the Greinke sweepstakes. I’m seeing a ton of people saying things like, “He’s worth a lot….but not quite that much so I’m glad we passed/missed out….” from some of the same people still glowing over the Angels signing Pujols (and CJ Wilson) last offseason. Trust me, 6/147 for Greinke would’ve been a much better investment for the Angels than 10/240 for Pujols.

    • Hudson Belinsky says on: December 11, 2012 at 4:15 pm


      I don’t disagree with that at all. But having already given out one the Pujols deal isn’t really a strong rationale for giving Greinke that kind of money.

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