Thursday, September 24, 2009

Hypothetically Speaking: The Dan Haren Contract Extension

Last August, the Diamondbacks signed Dan Haren to a very team friendly 4 year/$44 million dollar extension that replaced the final two years of his previous contract. By all accounts, Haren was willing to take less than he might have warranted on the open market because he loved Arizona and being with the Diamondbacks.

But now as the 2009 season comes to a close, Haren's contract extension is looking like even more of a steal for the Diamondbacks. Haren, 29, is putting up the best numbers of his career with the Diamondbacks this season (14-9, 2.90 ERA, leading the NL in K/BB ratio and WHIP) and has developed into one of the best starting pitchers in the National League.

So hypothetically speaking, how much larger would Haren's contract with the Diamondbacks have been if he waited until this summer to negotiate a contract extension? Instead of $44 million over 4 years, how much more could Haren have earned? $20 million? $30 million? Or even more?

Would $80 million over 6 years have been unrealistic?

My guess is no. Not only would Haren have had more leverage in negotiations (FA after 2010), but he would be coming off the best season of his career at 29 years old.

Please leave your predictions/thoughts in the comments.


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Anonymous said...

sad to see him still in a dbacks uniform....he lost like 3 1 run games didnt he? he would have been
17-6 if he wasnt a dback. he should be traded to a team that can back up a starting pitcher like boston, yankees, texas, dodgers, phils, mets(pre injuries). dbacks have one the best pitchers but not that many good position players

P. W. Hjort said...

I don't think they're able to get a deal done if they wait. I bet he's already been dealt if he doesn't sign the extension. And if not, he'd probably be looking at getting traded for the 3rd time in his career this off-season.

Jorge Says No! said...

That's a good point...right along those lines...the potential package that the DBacks could get for Haren would be huge...not Felix Hernandez huge, but pretty damn nice.

Then again, the Diamondbacks should feel great about the Haren deal.