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"I did have quite a few other choices. But the Nationals just kind of fit for me." (Dan Haren, via Nats Insider, 12/7/2012)
Welcome to D.C., Dan Haren
So Dan Haren passed his physical, Mike Rizzo gets his #5 starter, and Haren gets his $13 million Lerner dollars for 2013.
During his conference call with the media Friday night after it was all made official, Haren dropped an interesting nugget: said the best man at his wedding was Stephen Strasburg's pitching coach at SDSU (via Washington Post):
Haren already has one connection to the Nationals’ ace. Stephen
Strasburg’s pitching coach at San Diego State, Haren said, was the best
man at Haren’s wedding. Soon enough they’ll be sharing a rotation.
Not so, Tweeted Stephen Strasburg - Haren's best man, Eric Valenzuela, joined Tony Gwynn's staff in 2010, a year after Stras was drafted #1:
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The Washington Nationals officially announced the signing of free-agent pitcher Dan Haren to a one-year, $13 million contract on Friday. Haren, 32, joins a Nationals starting rotation that includes Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez and Ross Detwiler. Haren was 12-13 with a 4.33 ERA for the Angels this past season, although he missed playing time with back and...
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Given the success the Washington Nationals have had in building their minor league system over the past six years, the Nationals were a popular target for the Rule V Draft today. The National lost 4 prospects in the Rule V Draft and did not make any selections.
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The Washington Nationals system has been weakened by trades and promotions in recent years but the organization still has some interesting prospects in the system. With that said, the depth in the upper levels of the system took a big hit during the Rule 5 draft when prospects Jeff Kobernus (6th overall) and Daniel Rosenbaum (8th) were selected from the system. It was a curious move...
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Footage of Gilbert Arenas playing in China before getting hurt. [TAI]
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Watching the baseball of yesteryear. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.
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