Michael Baron, Contributor
Newsday’s Cody Derespina thinks the Mets should consider signing RHP Dan Haren this winter.
Haren, 33, went 10-14 with a 4.67 ERA while allowing 28 home runs in 169 2/3 innings over 31 appearances and 30 starts for the Nationals in 2013.
He signed a one-year, $13 million contract with Washington before the 2013 season. He can become a free agent after the World Series.
I’ll buy Derespina’s argument, but it becomes difficult to explain Haren’s struggles in 2012 when he put up similar numbers with the Angels and struggled in nearly half of the games he pitched.
The one thing Haren has always been is durable. He has made at least 30 appearances every year since 2005 and has won 10 games or and more and thrown 200 innings or more in seven of those nine seasons. That alone should net him a one-year guaranteed deal for significant money, although he probably won’t get $13 million again this winter. He throws a fastball, curveball, cutter and splitter, but has used his curveball with less frequency in recent seasons. He has seen his fastball velocity diminish in recent seasons which could help explain some of his struggles over that time. In addition, he gave up a lot of home runs in 2013, which is especially concerning considering he did so in a pitcher-friendly ballpark in a pitcher-friendly division.
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