Nats agree with veteran Haren on one-year deal
By Bill Ladson / 12/04/12 12:34 PM ET
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Nationals agreed to terms on a one-year, $13 million contract with right-hander Dan Haren, pending a physical, MLB.com has confirmed.
Haren joins a solid rotation that includes Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez and Ross Detwiler, effectively replacing Edwin Jackson from the 2012 staff.
Haren, a three-time All-Star, had played the last two-plus seasons with the Angels. This past season, Haren missed time because of back and hip injuries, but still made 30 starts and won 12 games.
When healthy, Haren brings innings and a lot of strikeouts. In 2009, for example, he struck out 223 batters in 229 1/3 innings, and he has a career rate of 7.6 strikeouts per nine innings pitched.
Haren started his career with the Cardinals in 2003 before playing three seasons with the Athletics and 2 1/2 years with the Diamondbacks.
By signing Haren, the Nationals will not pursue free-agent right-hander Zack Greinke, because he is asking for too much money and too many years, according to a baseball source.
The Nationals were said to have been interested in Rays right-hander James Shields, but the two clubs never came close to making a deal.