WASHINGTON — The Major League trade deadline is Monday, which means that a flurry of moves can be expected as the clock ticks down.
Some players moved will be relative unknowns, while others seem like they get traded every year. That’s how it felt for former Washington Nationals starting pitcher Dan Haren, who was traded five times in his career, including twice at the deadline.
Now retired and having a good time on Twitter, Haren commemorated the deadline with a look back at how Twitter responded to his trade from Miami to the Cubs, exactly one year ago:
At least he has a good sense of humor.
Nationals fans don’t remember Haren fondly, as he was largely over the hill before signing a one-year, $13 million contract before the 2013 season. Near the All-Star break that season, he had a baseball-worst 6.15 ERA among starters.
The big issue, as fans in the outfield may recall, is that Haren had lost the velocity that earned him more than 2,000 Major League strikeouts, and led baseball with 19 home runs surrendered in his first 15 starts.
That trend continued with the Dodgers, Marlins and Cubs over the next three seasons, something that Haren can joke about now. On the day of the 2016 Home Run Derby:
Regardless of how you feel about Haren, he is refreshing on Twitter, putting an honest, veteran perspective on each chapter of a Major League season. That’s worth at least a favorite.