D-backs add Dan Haren to staff as ‘pitching strategist’

PHOENIX — Retired pitcher Dan Haren is returning to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the role of Pitching Strategist.

In his new role, Haren will work with the front office, major league coaching staff and analytics department.

"I’m thrilled to be rejoining the D-backs for this new venture,” Haren said.  "I’m excited to use my experience and work with the staff to help our pitchers prepare and maximize their opportunity to be successful."

Haren, 36, retired in 2015 after a 13-year major-league career with the Cardinals, A’s, D-backs, Angels, Nationals, Dodgers, Marlins and Cubs. He was a three-time All-Star and compiled a 153-131 record and 3.75 ERA .

In his three seasons with Arizona (2008-10), Haren went 37-26  with a 3.56 ERA. He was a National League All-Star in 2008-09 and was the D-backs’ Opening Day starter in 2010.  He was traded to the Angels in July 2010 in a deal that brought pitchers Patrick Corbin, Joe Saunders and Tyler Skaggs to Arizona.

"We’re excited to have a person of Dan’s experience and expertise in our front office," said general manager Mike Hazen. "His understanding of both analytics and implementation will be a great asset to our organization and we are looking forward to him making an impact in the next phase of his career."

No word on whether Haren will continue to populate his Twitter account with his witty musings on baseball and other topics.