Dan Haren confirmed Sunday after his win against the Brewers at Miller Park that he will be calling it a career after the Cubs’ playoff run. Haren told the beat writers, “I have no desire to pitch next year. That was it for me.” Haren said he would be ready to pitch in the post-season if his number is called.
Haren earned career win No. 153 on Sunday after allowing one run on three hits with a walk and three strikeouts in six inning to the Brewers.
Before the season, Haren said this year would be his last in the big leagues and he has not changed his stance. Haren made light of Sunday being his final regular season game. Haren tweeted, “Well, hell yea … I finish exactly as a .200 career hitter.”
Dan Haren helped the Cubs over the final two-plus months of the season after he was acquired for RHP Ivan Pineyro and SS Elliot Soto from the Marlins at the deadline. Haren was 4-2 in 11 starts with the Cubs. Haren allowed 29 runs, 26 earned, on 58 hits with 13 walks and 44 strikeouts (4.01 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 4.57 FIP). The Cubs were 7-4 in his 11 starts. And Haren was the starting pitcher for one of the most memorable games of the year at Wrigley Field.
Dan Haren threw the pitch that accidentally hit Matt Holliday. The Cardinals threw at Anthony Rizzo and Joe Maddon called out the Cardinals Way.
Dan Haren turned 35 years old last month and the right-hander that came up through the Cardinals system had a very good career.
The Cardinals selected Haren in the second round of the 2001 draft. Haren made his debut on June 30, 2003 but it was the trade to the Oakland A’s in December 2004 that sent his career in the right direction. Haren was dealt to Oakland along with Daric Barton and Kiko Calero for Mark Mulder. Haren was 14-12 in 34 starts for the A’s in 2005 with a 3.73 ERA and 1.22 WHIP. Haren was an All-Star in 2007 for the A’s and in back-to-back seasons for the Diamondbacks after Billy Beane sent him to Arizona in December 2007 for a package of players that included both Carlos Gonzalez and Brett Anderson.
During his three-year stint with the Diamondbacks, Haren was 37-26 in 87 starts with a 3.56 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. The Angels acquired Haren from Arizona in July 2010 for Patrick Corbin, Tyler Skaggs, Rafael Rodriguez and Joe Saunders.
The Cubs attempted to acquire Haren from the Angels in November 2012 for Carlos Marmol but the trade leaked before it was finalized and the deal never happened. Haren pitched for the Nationals (2013) and Dodgers (2014) prior to being dealt from Los Angeles, along with Dee Gordon and Miguel Rojas, to the Marlins for Austin Barnes, Chris Hatcher, Andrew Heaney and Kike Hernandez last December.
Without looking at the numbers, the amount of talent it took to acquire Dan Haren shows how well he pitched throughout his career.
Dan Haren made three All-Star teams (two NL, one AL) and will finish his 13-year career 153-131 in 391 games, 380 starts, with a 3.75 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 3.78 FIP. Haren completed 16 games with six complete game shutouts. In 2419 2/3 innings, Haren allowed 1105 runs, 1009 earned runs, on 2357 hits with 500 walks and 2013 strikeouts, a 4:1 strikeout to walk ratio for his entire career. And Haren’s career slash line at the plate was .200/.233/.278 with 26 doubles and two home runs.