The Dodgers are following the advice of Adrian Gonzalez and focusing on home field advantage. How are they doing that? Shore up the 4th and eventually 5th spot in the rotation. Dodgers add RHP Dan Haren on a 1-year contract worth $10 million. The southern California native, can also earn up to additional $3 million in performance bonuses.
Although last season wasn’t anything to brag about, Haren adds a lot of depth to the rotation, since Josh Beckett and Chad Billingsley are question marks.
Prone to the long ball, Dodger stadium certainly won’t hurt them (just ask Dodger hitters), he should work just fine. Keep in mind, along with an experience arm, he will be partnered up with a great game calling catcher in AJ Ellis and a superb pitching coach in Rick Honeycutt who will certainly study and fine tune Haren’s mechanics so help avoid injury.
Haren will hold down the 4th spot for now as the Dodgers are still in pursuit of spoken for Japanese sensation Masahiro Tanaka. That won’t move an inch until Japanese and MLB executives work out a deal to break the pile up of players as they need to work out a new posting system.
By the way, in 31 games, Haren finished with a 10-14 record, 4.67 ERA and a whopping 28 home runs given. Yikes.