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Dan Haren exercises 2015 player option to return to Dodgers

Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers will have Dan Haren back next year, as the right-handed starting pitcher on Thursday exercised his player option for 2015, worth $10 million, the team announced today.

The original option was a club option, but by reaching 180 innings the option converted to a player option, giving Haren the choice to return for $10 million or decline and become a free agent.

Haren was 13-11 with a 4.02 ERA in 32 starts with 145 strikeouts and 36 walks in 186 innings. His 18.7 percent strikeout rate was his lowest since 2005. Among 88 qualified major league starters Haren's ERA+ (87) was tied for 74th, his FIP (4.09) ranked 57th, his xFIP (3.70) was 45th and SIERA (3.74) ranked 43rd.

He ended the season strong, going 5-2 with a 2.43 ERA in his final 10 starts, with 50 strikeouts and eight walks in 59 innings, with a 21.9-percent strikeout rate during that span.

Haren will slot in the Dodgers starting rotation behind Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-jin Ryu.

Haren had surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder on Oct. 22, though the procedure isn't expect to hamper him being ready for spring training.

Signed to a one-year contract with a $10 million base salary before the 2014 season, Haren earned $2.5 million of a potential $3 million in performance bonuses, missing out only on the final bonus (190 innings) by four innings. Haren can earn those same bonuses again in 2015 - $250,000 for each of 24, 27 and 30 starts, $500,000 for 32 starts, $250,000 for each of 150, 160 and 170 innings, $500,000 for each of 180 and 190 innings.

The 34-year-old has made 30 or more starts in 10 straight seasons and has reached 180 innings eight times during that span, but the longtime innings horse has averaged 177 innings and 31 starts in the last three seasons.

With Haren, the Dodgers have $179.5 million committed to 14  players for 2015, not counting Brian Wilson or Chad Billingsley, with pending options themselves