Nationals finalizing deal with Dan Haren for one year, $13M

By Matt Snyder | Senior Blogger

December 4, 2012 11:14 am ET

Is Dan Haren about to cop a Natitude? (US Presswire)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Washington Nationals are finalizing a one-year, $13-million deal with free agent starting pitcher Dan Haren, reports Jon Heyman of The deal is pending a physical, and that is a big deal here.
Remember, Haren was involved in an agreed-upon trade earlier this offseason while still under contract with the Angels. He was to be sent to the Cubs for closer Carlos Marmol, but the deal fell apart due partially to concerns about Haren's medicals. The Angels then declined to pick up Haren's option for the 2013 season, making him a free agent.

With his $3.5-million buyout from the Angels, Haren will make $16.5 million in 2013, assuming he passes his physical and the signing with Washington is completed. As Insider Danny Knobler reports, the Angels were still interested in bringing Haren back to Anaheim ...

Haren, 32, was a very good pitcher in the years prior to 2012. He's a three-time All-Star who went 16-10 with a 3.17 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 2011. But last season Haren battled back issues and hit the disabled list for the first time in his career. He ended the season 12-13 with a 4.33 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 30 starts.Should the Nationals get pre-2012 Haren, their pitching staff measures up with any in baseball. They essentially have a pair of aces in Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg (now without an innings limit!), with a very capable Jordan Zimmermann serving as their No. 3 -- and he'd be an ace on many teams. That leaves Haren and Ross Detwiler for the final two rotation spots.

The Nationals had been connected to Zack Greinke in recent rumors here in Nashville, but the Haren signing effectively takes that possibility off the table.
News of the Haren deal was first reported by Fox Sports.