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Dodgers sign Dan Haren to one-year deal

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Dan Haren will help bolster the back of the Dodgers' rotation.
Dan Haren will help bolster the back of the Dodgers' rotation. (USATSI)

The Dodgers have signed free agent right-hander Dan Haren to a one-year contract worth $10 million, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com confirms. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports first reported the deal. The contract, which has been finalized, includes a $10-million option for 2015 that vests with 180 innings pitched. The deal also includes the chance for Haren to make an additional $3 million in performance bonuses in 2014 and 2015 based on innings and games started.

Haren, 33, went 10-14 with a 4.67 ERA (81 ERA+) in 169 2/3 innings for the Nationals last year while missing a little more than two weeks due to shoulder inflammation at midseason. He threw at least 210 innings every year from 2005-11, but he's fallen short of the 180-inning plateau in each of the last two seasons due to injury and ineffectiveness.

The shoulder injury was a turning point in Haren's season. Before going on the DL, he pitched to a 6.15 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 82 innings. After the DL stint, it was a 3.29 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 87 2/3 innings. Haren has always been home run prone (1.5 HR/9 from 2012-13) but spacious Dodger Stadium should help him out a bit.

The Dodgers have a strong front three with Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu. Both Josh Beckett and Chad Billingsley are returning from major surgery, so the back of their rotation has some big question marks. Haren, a Southern California native, will solidify their starting staff, though he does carry some risk at this point of his career.

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