Haren's price tag too high for Red Sox

NASHVILLE -- After word of starting pitcher Dan Haren's one-year deal with the Nationals started to spread Tuesday, a Red Sox source said the team liked the veteran right-hander but not enough to hand out the $13 million Washington was reportedly willing to give him.

“It was a simple case of money,” a Red Sox source said of the primary reason why the team steered clear of the 31-year-old. The source added that the Sox also had concerns about Haren’s health (he made 30 starts in 2012 but spent time on the disabled list with back issues) and drop in velocity last season.

There has to be enough of a difference in velocity between a pitcher’s fastball and splitter for him to be effective, the source said, and that wasn’t there for Haren, who went 12-13 with a 4.33 ERA for the Angels.