Having been acquired by the Cubs in a deadline day trade with Miami, veteran right-handed pitcher Dan Haren said he would likely retire after the 2015 season:
✈️✈️✈️ Milwaukee... I'm gonna wear number 50, it was my first number and it'll probably be my last. Couldn't be happier, I'm a Cub.— dan haren (@ithrow88) August 1, 2015
The Cubs are Haren's eighth team in his 13-year career and his fourth in the last three seasons.
Haren has a 3.42 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 129 innings and 21 starts with Miami this season, his ERA would be the best he has recorded since 2011, when Haren was with the Los Angeles Angels. He told MLB.com's Carrie Muskat that going to Chicago gives him the chance to go out with a winner.
Haren has not spent more than three seasons with any of his eight teams, the team he saw the most action with was Oakland, where he made 102 of his 369 career starts, posting a 3.64 ERA while with the Athletics and earning his first All-Star appearance with Oakland in 2007. Haren was also an All-Star in 2008 and 2009, both season with Arizona.
In his career, Haren has pitched 2,361⅓ innings with a 3.75 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 1,969 strikeouts and 149 wins, making three All-Star teams and twice finishing in the top 10 of Cy Young Award voting, with a fifth-place finish in 2009 with Arizona and a seventh-place finish in 2011 with the Angels.
One of the stories of Haren's career will be the trades he was involved him, the move from Miami to Chicago was the fifth time Haren was traded in 13 years. The first time Haren was traded came after the 2004 season, when the Cardinals traded him along with Daric Barton and Kiko Calero to Oakland for Mark Mulder. Other notable players Haren has been traded for in his career include Brett Anderson, Carlos Gonzalez, Patrick Corbin, Tyler Skaggs and Andrew Heaney. As that list shows, Haren has been a valuable commodity throughout his career.
After a storied career, Haren now gets to end his playing days on his terms and in a playoff race.