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Dodgers sign Dan Haren

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Oh, the sour grapes are exceptionally sour on this one. The Dodgers signed Dan Haren to a one-year, $10 million deal. The Giants reportedly had interest in him, and the feeling was mutual. But now we can say, without equivocation, that Haren is washed up. His velocity is sub-Lincecum now, and he allows way too many home runs.

I can't believe the Giants were even interested in the guy. It's normal to look at a pitcher's strikeout-to-walk ratio and FIP and think he'll improve, but not when his velocity drops that much. Except for Tim Lincecum, that guy's probably cool, but in Haren's case, there were just too many red flags. And I didn't even want those grapes.


No, I wanted Haren on the Giants, and it's annoying that he's on the Dodgers. It's not like he's the Cy Young candidate he used to be, but he would have been perfect to round out the rotation. High ceiling, high floor.

Another option gone. A list of most of the remaining pitchers:

Bronson Arroyo
Scott Baker
A.J. Burnett
Chris Capuano
Bruce Chen
Bartolo Colon
Scott Feldman
Gavin Floyd
Matt Garza
Roy Halladay
Phil Hughes
Ubaldo Jimenez
Scott Kazmir
Hiroki Kuroda
Ted Lilly
Paul Maholm
Shaun Marcum
Ricky Nolasco
Mike Pelfrey
Ervin Santana
Johan Santana
Joe Saunders
Masahiro Tanaka
Ryan Vogelsong
Barry Zito!

Some of the options, like Tanaka, are unrealistic. Some, like Johan Santana, might be unhealthy. Some, like Lilly, are unfortunate. But there are a few pitchers up there who are somewhere in the Venn diagram of realistic and recommended. I'm still pushing for Colon, PED history be damned. I'm also curious about Halladay's medical reports. Getting Halladay on the same team as Hudson would be like an Expendables movie, but with more explosions*.

Still, of all the one- and two-year options out there, I prefered Haren. Stupid Dodgers.

* shoulders, not cars