It feels like it was just yesterday that I speculated that Dan Haren could find his way back to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Well, it wasn’t yesterday but it was within the past week. Anyway, Haren became the second former D’back to find a new home when he agreed to a one year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers worth $10 million dollars. If Haren reaches 180 innings, an undisclosed option kicks in for 2015. He will enter the 2014 season with a lifetime record of 129-111 with a 3.74 ERA. While a member of the D’backs, Haren made two All Star teams and finished fifth in the 2009 CY Young Award race. He spent two and a half seasons in Arizona before being traded for Joe Saunders, Patrick Corbin and a player to be named later which turned out to be Tyler Skaggs.
D’back fans must be wondering when will Kevin Towers decide to make a move of significance. The rest of the National League West has made moves to bolster their eventual 25 man rosters. The Snakes have been very quiet so far, perhaps a reflection of the team not having much wiggle room in terms of roster availability and payroll. Perhaps this is the proverbial “calm before the storm” before the team trades one of their shortstops or outfielders for a name of consequence. However, even some of that has lost its luster as one of the teams that needed a shortstop, the St. Louis Cardinals, signed Jhonny Peralta to a four year deal to fill that need. The D’backs were in the headlines for that signing thanks to the tweet by Brad Ziegler.
Two former D’backs have made new homes for 2013, the other being Chris Young’s deal with the Mets. Mark Reynolds is still on the market. HHMMMM, I just may have found an idea for a future post this week.