Dan Haren: "I probably won't be back" with Nationals next year

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Haren misses playing close to his family, who live in Southern California.

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Dan Haren discussed his future with Bill Ladson of MLB.com, telling the reporter he "probably won't be back" with the Nationals next season.

Haren talked about his struggles this season, stating:

"I haven't lived up to what I was paid to do and what I came here to accomplish, despite the last two or three weeks. The majority of the season has been a struggle for me. Even if I wanted to come back - it has been a tough year. I haven't lived up to the billing so far. I don't know what next year is going to bring."

The Nationals signed Haren to a one-year, $13 million contract in the offseason, but the right-hander has had a difficult year, going 6-11 with a 5.14 ERA over 20 starts.

The starter spent some time on the disabled list with shoulder stiffness and has performed better since his return, going 2-2 with a 2.40 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 30 innings.

Haren's family may impact his decision on where he pitches next season; Haren admitted to Ladson that he misses his wife and two kids, who live in Southern California:

"I know the fans don't care. But we're humans, too. I have two little kids and I see them once every month and a half or so. It has been really hard. I've been fortunate to play on the West Coast just by being traded to a couple of teams. I would be close to home."

Washington has had a disappointing season, entering Monday with a 54-57 record, 12 1/2 games behind the Atlanta Braves in the NL East.

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