The signing of
Although Colletti didn't mention Tanaka by name, he said, "If something else comes our way, we'll take a look at it. I'm not going to close the door on any more starters."
Including Haren, whose one-year, $10-million deal is now official, the Dodgers have five starting pitchers under contract for next season. That doesn't include
Tanaka could be auctioned as early as next month, provided
The Dodgers also could look to trade for
Even with the Dodgers stockpiling pitchers, Haren said he isn't concerned about his place in the rotation. He said Colletti told him the team intends for him to be one of its five starters.
"I'm not going to be looking over my shoulder," Haren said.
His one-year deal allows him to return to his native Southern California after spending this season with the
If Haren pitches 180 innings, he will have a player option for 2015 worth another $10 million. He could earn an additional $3 million each season in performance-based incentives.
From the Dodgers' perspective, Haren represented the rare pitcher on the free-agent market who could be signed to a short-term deal. The Dodgers already have eight players signed through the 2017 season and beyond — a figure that would increase if they signed Kershaw or
"There's obviously a handful of pitchers that are looking for long-long-term deals," Colletti said.
The price of pitching on the free-agent market has been abnormally high this winter.
Tim Lincecum re-signed with the
Even pitchers recovering from injuries are landing significant deals.
Haren, 33, also faced questions about his health; there was concern around baseball about the condition of his hip and back. Plus, he was coming off a season in which was 10-14 with a 4.67 ERA.
Haren acknowledged he was "a little bit" surprised by the health of the market.
"The numbers out there, the millions of dollars getting paid is ridiculous," Haren said.
But Haren noted that television revenue is increasing and that pitching is always in short supply.
The Dodgers liked Haren not only because they could sign him to a one-year deal, but also because they didn't have to forfeit a draft pick to do so. Pitchers such as
"I don't think we ever want to lose a pick," Colletti said.
Unless there's a radical change in the posting system, Tanaka wouldn't cost a first-round pick, either.