Posted by : Adrian Garcia Wednesday, November 20, 2013

IMG 2905 Dan Haren

Well this is some interesting news. More interesting than the inevitable Yimi Garcia getting added to the 40 man roster later today. So Dan Haren is interested in becoming a Dodger, and the Dodgers are interested in Dan Haren. Looks like a decent move for the back end of the rotation. We've already discussed the possibility of Haren going to the Dodgers, and I'd love it.

His peripherals are excellent, with an aforementioned 3.67 xFIP, a 8.01 K/9 and 1.64 BB/9. Now we do have to be careful, a player who is a ground ball pitcher who's ground ball % is 6% below his career average has to be concerning, but there are worse places to mitigate that as opposed to Los Angeles.

Guy with 3.67 xFIP moving to Dodger Stadium could bode quite well for Haren. Playing a ton of games in the NL West is going to make his ERA closer to that mid 3.00 number as opposed to the mid 4.00 ERA that you got last season. He's a good bet for value. Also if we're assuming that wins in terms of WAR cost 7 million per win, a contract like 1 year 10 million could be a bargain. Especially if we're looking at his projected 3.0 WAR next season.

So I'd like a signing, he'd be one of the better #5 starters in the entire league, especially with the potential Tanaka signing, it could be one of the best rotations in the league.

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