Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports the Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to a one-year, $10 million contract with free agent righthander Dan Haren. The deal includes an option for 2015 that vests if Haren throws 180 innings next season.
Haren, 33, struggled last season going 10-14 with a 4.67 ERA in 169.2 innings for the Washington Nationals. The veteran starter missed three weeks of the season with shoulder inflammation, but was dominant for the Nats after his return from the DL, posting a 3.29 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in last 87.2 innings.
The Dodgers will likely slot Haren behind Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-jin Ryu in what will be a formidable starting rotation, with Josh Beckett and Chad Billingsley battling it out for the fifth spot.
The Miami Marlins have contacted free agent pitcher Phil Hughes and there’s a good chance that Hughes may be very interested in the Marlins who play in the most pitcher-friendly stadium in the major leagues.
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald also reported that the Marlins often like to pursue players who had one bad year after a good one, hoping to get them at a reasonable price.
The 27-year old righthander will be looking for a one-year deal to reestablish his value after going 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA in 2013 with the Yankees.
There’s also some reported interest from the Twins, Royals and Mets, however as far as the Amazins’ go their interest is deemed tepid at best and less than Curtis Granderson.