The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to sign starter Dan Haren to a one-year, $10 million contract that includes a vesting option for 2015, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. The option for 2015 will vest if Haren completes 180 innings next season, and the deal is pending a physical.
Haren, 33, has also drawn interest from the Twins, Yankees and Giants this offseason, but ultimately decided to join Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu in a deep Dodgers' rotation. San Francisco seemed to be the team with the most serious interest in Haren, but their signing of Tim Hudson to a two-year contract likely dissuaded Haren from joining the team.
Haren is from the L.A. area and has family remaining in southern California, so the Dodgers have seemed like a favorite to sign him since they began to express interest.
After signing a one-year contract with the Nationals last season, Haren had the worst season of his career, pitching to a 10-14 record with a 4.67 ERA in 169.2 innings over 31 appearance (30 starts). In eleven major league seasons with five different teams, the right-hander has a 129-111 record with a 3.74 ERA in 327 career appearances (316 starts).
With Haren signed, the Dodgers are likely done shopping for starting pitching this winter, meaning that a reunion with Ricky Nolasco can almost be completely ruled out. The team has also been linked to Bronson Arroyo this fall, but signing him is now considered unlikely as well.