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07:16 AM ET 08.05 | Finally, Nationals righty Dan Haren is coming around -- though it may be too late. Since coming off the disabled list on July 8, Haren is 2-2 with a 2.40 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 30 innings. "In the last few weeks, I have been more myself," Haren said. "The city has been good. I've enjoyed my time in D.C. I enjoy the history. I've walked around D.C. a few times just to take it all in. It has been nice." Despite pitching well in the last month, Haren doesn't think he will be back with the Nationals next year because of the season he has had, overall. He is 6-11 with a 5.14 ERA in 20 starts. The Nationals signed him to a one-year, $13 million deal to be one of their five starters. "My heart says I probably won't be back," Haren said. "I haven't lived up to what I was paid to do."

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August 5, 2013  08:24 AM ET

He's right.

August 5, 2013  08:53 AM ET

You were a promising rookie coming up through the Cardinal organization but GM Jocketty made the worst trade in his time here and ship you off to Oakland. Since that time you have made a lot of money being a career 500 pitcher with a high era.

August 5, 2013  12:35 PM ET

His best case scenario is that he doesn't last the season in D.C. That would mean that he has strung enuf good starts together to merit a waiver deal. Nats are done but can't admit it to themselves. But that should change with the Braves series. Only a Nats sweep will stave off the inevitable.

August 5, 2013  04:38 PM ET
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His best case scenario is that he doesn't last the season in D.C. That would mean that he has strung enuf good starts together to merit a waiver deal. Nats are done but can't admit it to themselves. But that should change with the Braves series. Only a Nats sweep will stave off the inevitable.

I guess he hasn't thought about the playoff possibilities if he's traded.

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August 6, 2013  02:31 AM ET

Washington has more problems than what to do with Haren. I think some of nats problem has a lot to do with fact that Johnson has already announced that he will be leaving the nationals after the season. it is almost that Johnson has lost the fire to manage and the team has followed suit.

 
August 6, 2013  08:52 AM ET
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Washington has more problems than what to do with Haren. I think some of nats problem has a lot to do with fact that Johnson has already announced that he will be leaving the nationals after the season. it is almost that Johnson has lost the fire to manage and the team has followed suit.

Exactly. I have watched most of their games this year and there is no fire in their belly and that's on Johnson. I hate to say it but he probably should have been fired several weeks ago and I wonder if Rizzo would have with a younger guy that had a lesser resume.

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