Dan Haren threw his first bullpen session for the LA Dodgers on Sunday as they prepare to return for spring training, reports CBS Sports.
The 33-year-old agreed a one-year $10 million contract with the Dodgers in the summer following a strong second half to the season with the Washington Nationals in 2013.
It marks the start of spring training for the Dodgers, who alongside the Arizona Diamondbacks, start earlier than other teams because of their season opening games in Sydney, Australia on March 22-23.
Haren is expected to come in as the No.4 start role that was occupied by Ricky Nolasco last season. He wanted a long-term deal and ended up signing a four-year contract with Minnesota.
"I take the ball every fifth day or whatever is asked," Haren told ESPN. "More often than not, I keep the team in the game. With the offense we have and the bullpen we have, it's really a perfect fit I think."
Signing in November, Haren was one of the first free agents to find a new team but doesn't regret moving early on. For him, joining the NL West champions was a no-brainer.
"It was really being close to home and being on a championship club," he said. "You couldn't ask for anything more."
In 11 season in the big leagues, Haren is 129-111 with a 3.74 ERA in 327–316 starts– appearances.
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