Yeah, his mechanics seem slightly out of whack…
Remember when this was a pipe dream?
No? Because I seem to vaguely recall a time when I found myself breathlessly writing posts about Dan Haren, who was nearly traded to the Cubs earlier in the off-season, before his medicals scared Chicago off. The Angels then declined to pick up his option, making him a free agent, despite the fact that it left them with a hopelessly thin rotation, having already traded Ervin Santana, and with Zack Greinke testing the market.
That probably should have seemed like enough of a red flag right there not to bother, but in the days before The Trade, and everything changing, it seemed like one of the best hopes the Jays may have had in landing a pitcher with a chance to be a ridiculous talent. Sure, he was hurt, but Haren also was worth a staggering 23 wins above replacement over the four seasons preceding 2012.
Ahh, but the Jays aren’t so much into $13-million fliers, and it turns out that’s precisely what it took to land him. MLBTR has the details. The Washington Nationals have signed him, and… hey, you never know, maybe it will work out. But it’s funny, I can’t claim to be nearly as pained by the loss as I surely would have been if Rogers had still been sitting on its damn wallet at this point.
So… there’s that.