PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks announced they have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Dan Haren on a four-year contract extension through the 2012 season with a club option for the 2013 season, according to D-backs' Executive Vice President and General Manager Josh Byrnes. Consistent with team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The two-year extension is rumored to be worth approximately $31 million with the club option in 2013 worth $15.5 million, however.
Dan Haren is 12-5 with a 2.75 ERA (47 ER in 153.2 IP) with 24 walks and 142 strikeouts in his 23 starts for the D-backs this season. He leads the National League with a 5.92 strikeout to walk ratio and 19 quality starts, is fourth in ERA and strikeouts and is tied for eighth in wins.
"At 27, Dan has established himself as one of the top pitchers in baseball," said Byrnes. "We are thrilled to reach this agreement and keep him as a core player for many years to come."
Haren won the National League Pitcher of the Month award for June leading the league with a 1.32 ERA (6 ER in 41.0 IP) while his 36 strikeouts ranked sixth. He won all three decisions in June, and the D-backs were 2-1 when he did not factor in the decision. Haren is now 13-3 with a 2.86 ERA (51 ER in 160.1 IP) in 24 career games in June. He was selected to his second straight All-Star Game this season, tossing 2.0 innings on July 15 at Yankee Stadium in New York (the fifth and sixth innings), allowing two hits and a walk, striking out two. Haren started the 2007 All-Star Game for the American League at AT&T Park in San Francisco, tossing 2.0 innings, allowing one run off two hits with a walk and two strikeouts.
From June 18-July 25, Haren made seven starts, allowing only one run through at least 5.0 innings. That stretch included July 10 at Washington where he went 8.0 scoreless innings before allowing two runs (one earned) without recording an out in the ninth before giving way to the bullpen. Opposing batters hit .146 against him (18-for-123) through 5.0 innings during the stretch with five extra-base hits and a run scored, while Haren struck out 37 batters.
Since 2005, Haren leads the majors with 88 quality starts, is tied for second with 125 starts and is third in the with 816.1 innings pitched. In interleague play, Haren is 10-2 with a 2.68 ERA (31 ER in 104.0 IP) in 14 games (all starts) with his 10 victories leading the Major Leagues since 2005. His 2.94 ERA (123 ER in 376.1 IP) is also second in the majors over the last two seasons.
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