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Haren may be available

Add Dan Haren's name to the list of potential replacement pitchers who could be available to the Cardinals.

According to reports out of Arizona, the righthanded starter who earlier this season expressed a desire to come back to the team for which he originally played, may be on the trading block. The Diamondbacks are 20-33 which leaves them mired in last place in the National League West.

Maybe it's the trade rumors that are responsible for Haren's recent rough patch. He's 5-4 with a 4.83 ERA on the season after losing three of his last four decisions. During that stretch, Haren has pitched 25 innings and has allowed 22 earned runs on 37 hits. Ouch. His career ERA is 3.69.

Shipped to Oakland in 2005 for Mark Mulder and Daric Barton, Haren is a three-time All-Star who finished fifth last season in the Cy Young balloting. He makes $8.25 million this season and is under contract for $12.75 million in both 2011 and 2012.

Haren also has the unique distinction of being the only player the Cardinals ever traded to cost this blog a reader. Two years ago a commenter mentioned that my frequent pining over the Haren for Mulder deal disgusted her to the point that she vowed to never again read View From the Cheap Seats.