View Full Version : Haren signs extension with D-Backs

08-05-2008, 07:05 PM
Story here (http://www.azcentral.com/sports/diamondbacks/articles/2008/08/05/20080805dbharen-CR.html):

The Diamondbacks and right-hander Dan Haren have agreed to a $44.75 million contract extension that runs through 2012 and includes a club option for 2013, a deal that will be announced today at a 3 p.m. news conference at Chase Field.

The contract, which nullifies Harenís previous deal, is worth $41.25 million over the next four seasons and includes a $15.5 million option for 2013 with a $3.5 million buyout.

Haren will be paid $7.5 million in 2009, $8.25 million in í10, $12.75 million in í11 and $12.75 million in í12.

Harenís previous deal, which he signed with Oakland in September 2005, called for a salary of $5.5 million in 2009 with a $6.75 million option for 2010.

Haren has pitched well enough to be a Cy Young candidate in the National League, going 12-5 with a 2.75 ERA through 23 starts. He has the majorsí best strikeout to walk ratio and the fewest baserunners allowed per nine innings, and his ERA ranks sixth.

The Diamondbacks acquired him as the centerpiece of an eight-player trade with Oakland in December.

08-05-2008, 07:54 PM
Not the least bit surprised. Good for the D-backs, bad for the NL West.

08-06-2008, 10:07 AM
Not bad at all. Haren will basically be making Arroyo money (although for longer).

08-06-2008, 10:32 AM
Sorry, I don't get it. They had him for 2 more years for very cheap, making him a great bargaining chip if necessary.

Now they have him for four years, at a bit less than FA money.

I would have waited at least another year.

Johnny Footstool
08-06-2008, 10:55 AM
He would make a lot more than $12M-$15M in the 2012 free agent market.

08-06-2008, 11:03 AM
He would make a lot more than $12M-$15M in the 2012 free agent market.

Sure, IF he remains healthy and IF he continues to perform at his current level.

He'll be 32 then.

I'd rather squeeze a bit more out the current contract and reduce some incertainty, if I were the D-backs. They could always work on an extension mid-2009.