The A’s Should Have a Dan Haren Reunion
The Washington Nationals placed Dan Haren on revocable waivers today. The Nationals owe the former Athletic $3.7M on the one-year deal they signed him to this offseason. This has been a terrible year for Haren with a 5.14 ERA across his 112 innings in our nation’s capital. That said the peripherals look strong: 8.0 K/9 and 1.7 BB/9 the one piece of big concern being that he has walked as many batters as he has allowed home runs (21). Of course the likely is less of a concern at the Coliseum where his career mark is 1.1 HR/9 in line with his career average of 1.1 HR/9 and far from his 1.8 HR/9 mark at Nationals Park.
There are a few questions: first, would he make it to the A’s? That seems like it might be impossible. There are several clubs that may make a play for Haren. Second of all did, would the Nationals be willing to just cut bait and give the salary up to Oakland and accept nothing in return? That may be possible given that if he gets to the A’s it shows a decided lack of interest, and furthemore the Nats find themselves 15 1/2 games out and Haren isn’t exactly helping them cut down that Braves lead in some quixotic quest to catch them with his underwhelming performance in Washington.
If somehow Haren got to the A’s, and the A’s could convince Mike Rizzo to just surrender Haren a la the Blue Jays with Alex Rios several years back, I’d totally support such a move.