Although Tim Hudson and Barry Zito have been getting all of the attention in recent weeks, another former Athletics pitcher is hanging up the spikes. According to Jesse Rogers of ESPNChicago.com, right-hander Dan Haren has confirmed that he will be retiring after the Cubs complete their postseason run.
Haren is not likely to make the Cubs' postseason roster, meaning that his career is likely over, pending unforeseen circumstances in which an injury to another pitcher would force him into action. The 35-year old finished strong in his final season, allowing only two earned runs over 17.2 innings to close out a thirteen-year career after being traded from the Marlins to the Cubs in a trade deadline deal.
Haren will end his career with a 153-131 record and 3.75 ERA in 391 appearances (380 starts) with the Cardinals (2003-2004), Athletics (2005-2007), Diamondbacks (2008-2010), Angels (2010-2012), Nationals (2013), Dodgers (2014), Marlins (2015) and Cubs (2015). He was named to three All-Star teams (2007-2009) and finished in the top seven in Cy Young award voting on two occasions (2009, 2011).
In addition to Hudson and Zito, Haren joins Jeremy Affeldt and Mark Buehrle as veteran pitchers who are expected to retire this winter.