Source: Mark Saxon, ESPN
The Los Angeles Dodgers might have been able to wait and acquire a pitcher with better numbers over the past couple of seasons. Dan Haren might have been able to find a better opportunity elsewhere, in which he could have been an entrenched No. 3 or 4 starter and would not have to look over his shoulder if he hits a rough patch.
The Dodgers, intent on entering 2014 with the best staff in baseball, needed to clean up the back end of their rotation and have seen — and contributed to — the soaring cost of starting pitching.
So, the Dodgers and Haren have agreed on a one-year deal worth $10 million that will turn into a two-year deal if Haren pitches 180 innings this season. It seems like, even if things don’t work out perfectly for one side or the other, nobody’s going to end up too badly bruised.