SEATTLE — — In what was probably Dan Haren's last game in an Angels uniform, the right-hander gave up five runs — three earned — and seven hits and struck out eight in six innings of a 6-1 loss to Seattle in Safeco Field on Tuesday night.
Haren, slowed by lower-back tightness in the first half, finished with a 12-13 record and 4.33 earned-run average, and the Angels, mindful of his high mileage and decreased velocity, are not expected to pick up his $15.5-million option for 2013 that can be bought out for $3.5 million.
"One last time?" Haren said as reporters approached him afterward. "Definitely, the thought has crossed my mind. Part of me feels a little guilty because of the way this year went. If I would have had my average year, we'd probably be where we want to be."
Haren, who grew up in the San Gabriel Valley and was thrilled when he was traded to the Angels in 2010, said he would consider returning to the Angels on a restructured, cheaper one-year deal.