Dan Haren is back close to home and ever so happy to be there.
The 33-year-old right-hander doesn't have to be the man in this rotation, or even the No. 2 or No. 3 pitcher, not with the loads of talent around him on his new team, the Los Angeles Dodgers.
He fits nicely into the No. 4 starter role occupied last season by Ricky Nolasco.
Haren, who signed a one-year, $10 million contract, comes to the Dodgers with confidence after a strong final half of the season with the Washington Nationals a year ago.
With at least 30 starts in each of his past 10 seasons, he believes he brings durability to the back end of the Los Angeles rotation.