Bits: Dan Haren's struggles continue 

April, 23, 2013

It's generally best to avoid giving up on top-40 starting pitchers in April, but perhaps Washington Nationals right-hander Dan Haren should never have been given that somewhat-lofty consideration in the first place.

For years, Haren has been a reliable rock for fantasy owners, delivering far more than 200 innings, strong strikeout totals and a low WHIP. He's also been durable, and while his 2012 campaign was his worst since 2005, a move to baseball's top team in the easier National League and the motivation of a one-year contract figured to fix all problems.