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The Dodgers have agreed to terms with Haren on a one-year, $10-million deal. If he passes his physical – probably not as automatic as with most signings – he could become their fifth starter.
If he pitches like he did in his last 13 games (6-3, 3.14 ERA, .224 opponents batting average) for the
The Dodgers currently have three high-quality starters in
That would make a rotation of four high-quality starters.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers have two veteran starting pitchers on the mend in
Billingsley is coming off Tommy John surgery and is planning on being ready to start the season, though the Dodgers are more cautiously saying May. The Dodgers seem slightly more optimistic about Beckett, who had surgery to remove a rib for a nerve problem in July, and think he could be ready for
So the Dodgers are taking a flier on Haren. He doesn't cost them a bunch of years to back up prospects and doesn't cost them a draft pick. Just money, which is the one thing the Dodgers have used to their full advantage since Guggenheim arrived.
Last year the Dodgers went to spring training with eight starting pitchers and ended up needing like 323. More is better.
Haren is from La Puente and still lives in Southern California. Part of his early struggles with the Nationals was attributed to his missing his wife and children, who remained here.
He's 33, so if his shoulder and back and hip check out, the Dodgers can gamble he will return to the form he finished last season with. If Billingsley and Beckett do return, and effectively, Haren can become a $10-million long man or get traded.