Nationals closing in on Haren
Right-hander would provide depth for tough pitching staff.
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.