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Haren sounds almost wistful talking about the future. He was signed to a one-year, $13 million deal and doesn’t think he’ll be back. He’s open to the idea of a return and knows he can strengthen his case by being more of the second-half Haren and much less of the first-half Haren.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time here,” he said. “It’s been fun taking in the city, just walking around D.C., living right on the Potomac River, trying to take it all in.”