At 32 years old, Dan Haren is in decline. Thirty-two isn’t very old in today’s game, what with recent advancements in strength, conditioning, and nutrition, but no amount of (legal) supplements and training is going to make a player immune to the effects of wear and tear. And boy, has Haren been worn down.
From 2005-2011, Haren made 237 starts, more than any player in the game, and pitched 1,581.1 innings (226 per season), second only to 290-pound behemoth, CC Sabathia. Haren’s lost the zip and electricity that made him one of baseball’s best starting pitchers of the last half decade, and last year he finally reached the point where his knack for working batters couldn’t make up for his erosion in skill.
Now we just have to wait and see whether a return to the NL helps boost his stats. Can’t hurt, right?
At a Glance
Strengths: IP, QS, W, BB
Neutral: K, K/9, ERA, WHIP, L
Best-case scenario: Mat Latos (CIN)
Likely scenario: Homer Bailey (CIN), I...