The Washington Nationals have bolstered their starting pitching options for next season with the signing of Dan Haren. The 32-year old entered the free agency after agreeing a deal with the Los Angeles Angels to end his two year stay in California, and the Nationals moved quickly to snap up the experienced pitcher.
Washington are hardly short of talent on the mound, but the addition of Haren will be a huge boost to the team’s offensive hopes next year for a team looking to make the next step in their search for that first World Series.
Last season’s Eastern Division title showed that this team is going in the right direction, but the signing of Haren only further highlights the ambition of the franchise and determination to bring further success to the capital.
Since the end of the season, General Manager Mike Rizzo made no secret that bringing in fresh blood on the mound was one of his main objectives, and Haren certainly has all the attributes that this Washington team need to make the step up and challenge the established giants in the hunt for that World Series crown.
“To get a pitcher of Dan Haren’s caliber, we feel fortunate that we could land him. It says a lot about where we’ve come as a franchise. Dan had his choice of a lot of organizations to be with. He’s one of the most accomplished pitchers in the past couple years. His credentials are impeccable,” Rizzo said.
The Nationals’ now boast one of the league’s most formidable rotations, with Haren now joining Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez in pitching line-up that will be hard to better next year.