Na­tion­als clos­ing in on Haren

Right-han­der would pro­vide depth for tough pitch­ing staff.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - CHRIS­TINE COT­TER / AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Free agent pitcher Dan Haren and the Washington Na­tion­als are close to com­plet­ing a one-year deal for $13 mil­lion, a per­son fa­mil­iar with the talks said.

The per­son spoke Tues­day at the base­ball win­ter meet­ings un­der con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause no deal was an­nounced.

Washington had the best record in the ma­jors last sea­son. The NL East cham­pi­ons al­ready have a for­mi­da­ble ro­ta­tion led by Gio Gon­za­lez and Stephen Strasburg, and could boost it by adding Haren, an All-Star from 2007-09.

Haren was 12-13 with a 4.33 ERA in 30 starts and 176 ⅔ in­nings for the Los An­ge­les An­gels. The An­gels nearly traded the 32-year-old righty to the Chicago Cubs for re­liever Car­los Mar­mol af­ter the sea­son, then de­clined their $15.5 mil­lion op­tion on him for next sea­son and paid a $3.5 mil­lion buy­out.

Haren has made at least 30 starts in eight straight years. Known for his dura­bil­ity, he went on the dis­abled list for the first time in his ca­reer last sea­son be­cause of a back is­sue.

Vic­torino, Red Sox agree: Free agent out­fielder Shane Vic­torino and the Bos­ton Red Sox agreed to a three-year deal worth $39 mil­lion. Vic­torino hit a com­bined .255 with 11 home runs and 55 RBIs last sea­son for Philadel­phia and the Los An­ge­les Dodgers. He also stole a ca­reer-high 39 bases. The Dodgers ob­tained Vic­torino in a late July trade with the Phillies.

Wright con­tract done: David Wright and the New York Mets fi­nal­ized a $138 mil­lion, eightyear con­tract, the largest deal in the team’s his­tory. Wright’s new deal re­places the $16 mil­lion salary he was to have earned un­der a 2013 op­tion in his pre­vi­ous con­tract.

So­ria join­ing Rangers: In­jured closer Joakim So­ria and the Texas Rangers have reached an agree­ment on an $8 mil­lion, twoyear con­tract. The deal an­nounced at base­ball’s win­ter meet­ings in­cludes a team op­tion for 2015. So­ria, a two-time All-Star with Kansas City, is re­cov­er­ing from el­bow lig­a­ment-re­place­ment surgery on April 3.

Di­a­mond­backs ac­quir­ing Hinske: Free agent Eric Hinske re­port­edly has agreed to a oneyear con­tract with the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs. A veteran of 11 ma­jor league sea­sons, Hinske spent the last three years with the At­lanta Braves. He hit .197 with two homers and 13 RBIs in 132 at-bats this year, see­ing time at first base, left field and right field.

Danny Haren, a former All-Star who went 12-13 last sea­son for the Los An­ge­les An­gels, may sign a one-year con­tract for $13 mil­lion with Na­tional League East cham­pion Washington.

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