MLB rumors: Dan Haren signs with Nationals, per report

Otto Greule Jr

Former Angels pitcher Dan Haren is the newest member of the Washington Nationals.

The Washington Nationals have bolstered their strong starting pitching rotation by signing right-hander Dan Haren to a one-year deal worth $13 million, according to FOX's Ken Rosenthal. Haren had been with the Angels since 2010, when he was acquired from the Diamondbacks midseason.

Haren's effectiveness took a dip in 2012, as his ERA jumped from 3.18 to 4.33. Much of that can be explained by a drop in the number of ground balls he allowed and a leap in the percentage of fly balls he allowed that went for home runs.

In 2011, Haren was one of the American League's top pitchers. He tossed 238 1/3 innings, stuck out 192, accumulated 6.1 wins above replacement, and led the AL with 5.82 strikeouts per walk. Haren ended up seventh in the Cy Young voting, his best since a fifth-place finish with the Diamondbacks in 2009.

The $13 million is a slight raise from the $12.75 million that Haren made with the Angels last season.

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