Haren Agrees to One-Year Deal with Nationals

by kelly on December 4, 2012

Free agent starter Dan Haren has agreed to a one-year, $13 million contract with the Washington Nationals, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

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The deal is pending a physical, which with most players is just formality, but it could be a concern with Haren, who has been hampered by back and hip issues lately. But the agreement is in place.

The Angels declined the option year on Haren’s contract after trying without success to trade him. The team almost had a deal in place with the Cubs for Carlos Marmol, but the deal fell apart at the last minute.

Haren, 32, joins a deep starting rotation that includes Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez. This coupled with a move to the N.L. could be good for the veteran right hander, as he won’t be counted on to be the number one guy in Washington. He is a three-time All Star and has a career record of 119-97 and a 3.66 ERA.

This Haren deal is much like the Nationals’ deal with Edwin Jackson last winter, in which they signed him to a one-year deal and then let him go as a free agent, likely for a new multi-year deal.

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