Monday, August 26, 2013
Could the Nats deal Haren?
By Doug Mittler
We are less than a week from the waiver trade deadline, and one general manager tells Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that he doesn't expect much action.
One name that continues to pop up is Dan Haren, and Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo tells MLB.com’s Bill Ladson he would listen to offers regarding the righthander, as long as he gets a “good package of players” in return.
Haren reportedly has cleared waivers, allowing him to be dealt to any team. After a dismal first half, Haren has restored some of his value with a 4-0 record and a 1.98 ERA in his last six starts.
Unloading Haren, however, would be viewed as tossing in the towel on a lost season. But the Nats have won five of their last six games and are 8 1/2 games out of the second wild card, a distance that is difficult but not impossible to overcome.
The Texas Rangers could be looking to add someone like Haren, who has postseason experience. The Rangers were believed to be interested in Daisuke Matsuzaka, who signed with the New York Mets earlier this week.
Cafardo says the Rangers could be interested in someone like Haren or Houston's Erik Bedard.