Entering the 2013 season, the Washington Nationals hailed over the addition off right-hander Dan Haren. Washington signed Haren to just a one-year deal in hopes the former Arizona Diamondback could bolster the back end of the Nationals rotation. Haren, however, had a very tumultuous only season with the Nationals finishing with an overall record of 10-14 and 4.67 ERA.
The Pepperdine University product struggled mightily in the first half of the season before finally settling into his role. With just a one-year contract, Washington did not appear to be a likely fit for Haren past last season, and Haren subsequently agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers signed Haren to a one-year about 10 million-dollar deal.
Now, the Nationals will look to add a back end starter to their rotation this off-season. Don’t expect it to be any major name, but Washington will make a move to secure a fifth starter for 2014.