|Dan Haren is now a Washington National. Officially. (Getty Images)|
Dan Haren, of course, recently agreed in principle to a one-year, $13-million contract with the Nationals. In Haren's case, however, the "pending a physical" part of the contract was more than just a formality. Haren battled back trouble last season and has been worked heavily over the course of his career. It may in fact have been concern over Haren's health that squelched a potential trade to the Cubs earlier this offseason. So nothing was to be assumed.
In the end, though, Haren passed the physical and is now an official member of the Washington Nationals, reports CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler.
Haren, who agreed to the terms of the contract Tuesday morning, was in the District yesterday to be examined by the Nationals medical staff. Those doctors gave him a clean bill of health, convinced the back and hip issues the 32-year-old pitcher dealt with last season with the Angels were not significant enough to nix the deal.
This carries no guarantees in terms of how healthy he'll be during the full course of the 2013 season, but the Nats' medical staff is sufficiently unconcerned about the injuries that limited him during this past year and clouded his status during the offseason.
Dan Haren, Washington National.