"I did have quite a few other choices. But the Nationals just kind of fit for me."
(Dan Haren, via Nats Insider, 12/7/2012)
So Dan Haren passed his physical, Mike Rizzo gets his #5 starter, and Haren gets his $13 million Lerner dollars for 2013.
During his conference call with the media Friday night after it was all made official, Haren dropped an interesting nugget: said the best man at his wedding was Stephen Strasburg's pitching coach at SDSU (via Washington Post):
Haren already has one connection to the Nationals’ ace. Stephen Strasburg’s pitching coach at San Diego State, Haren said, was the best man at Haren’s wedding. Soon enough they’ll be sharing a rotation.
Not so, Tweeted Stephen Strasburg - Haren's best man, Eric Valenzuela, joined Tony Gwynn's staff in 2010, a year after Stras was drafted #1:
(screencap of Haren via FOXSportsLocal video on YouTube.)