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Dodgers add Haren to rotation

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Updated: 11/25/2013 8:00 pm

Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Dan Haren is heading back to the West Coast, with the Los Angeles Dodgers signing the veteran pitcher to a one-year contract on Monday.

FoxSports.com reported Sunday that Haren, who spent last season with the Washington Nationals, will earn $10 million in 2014 and has an option for the following year that will automatically vest if he pitches 180 innings.

Haren went just 10-14 with a 4.67 earned run average over 31 appearances (30 starts) with the Nationals in 2013, but pitched much better in the season's second half. The right-hander went 6-3 with a 3.14 ERA from July 27 on and held opposing hitters to a .224 average during that span.

The 33-year-old earned three consecutive All-Star nods between 2007-09, with the first of those honors coming with the Oakland Athletics and the last two as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

In Haren, the Dodgers also add a three-time 15-game winner to a formidable rotation headed by 2013 NL Cy Young recipient Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, and which also includes talented lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu, Josh Beckett and Chad Billingsley. The California native has also been durable, having made 30 or more starts in each of the last nine seasons.

"Dan brings experience as a winner to our club and rotation," said Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti. "Last year, his second half was among the best in the National League."

Haren most recently reached the 15-win mark with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2011, going 16-10 with a 3.17 ERA while logging a career-best 238 1/3 innings. He slipped to a 12-13 mark with a 4.33 ERA, however, while battling back and shoulder issues the following season.

For his career, Haren owns a 129-111 record with a 3.74 ERA over 11 major league campaigns with five different teams (St. Louis, Oakland, Arizona, the Angels, Washington).

Haren's signing likely means the Dodgers will not re-sign free agent Ricky Nolasco, who went 8-3 in 15 starts for the club after being acquired from Miami in midseason.

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