Marlins holding out hope Dan Haren changes his mind about pitching on the West coast

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The Marlins acquired starter Dan Haren along with second baseman Dee Gordon last month, but Haren has said he may retire if he is unable to pitch close to his home on the West coast. However, MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports that the Marlins are holding out hope Haren changes his mind and comes to camp when pitchers and catchers report on February 20.

Haren, 34, finished the 2014 season with a 4.02 ERA and a 145/36 K/BB ratio in 186 innings. Given his results over the past three seasons, the Marlins wouldn’t expect much performance-wise, but would value his ability to soak up innings. Haren has taken the hill at least 30 times in every season dating back to 2005.

The Giants are looking at Jarrod Dyson for center field

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The Giants, you have have heard, picked up Andrew McCutchen yesterday. As things currently stand, McCutchen is first on the depth chart at center field. That’s probably a placeholder situation, though, because (a) McCutchen really shouldn’t be playing center field anymore; and (b) the Giants know he shouldn’t be playing center field anymore. I mean, if an evil genie appeared and told Bruce Bochy he’d be granted any wish he wanted, but the price of it would be that McCutchen HAS to be his center fielder, I’m sure everyone would make do, but it’s not an ideal situation.

To that end, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN is reporting that the Giants have free agent Jarrod Dyson in their sights. Jon Jay and Cameron Maybin are considered some backup options.

Dyson is obviously a superior defender, and he has some wheels too. The bat is no great shakes — he’s never been even a league average hitter in terms of OPS+ — but you can put up with the .251/.324/.350 with five homers and 30 RBI he posted in 2017 if you’re getting good leather in the spacious AT&T Park outfield. He’ll steal you some bases too, having swiped 28 in 111 games for the Mariners last season.

The big splash move would be to go get Lorenzo Cain, but that’ll cost the Giants, who are already near the luxury tax threshold, some more money. Dyson may be a better fit in light of that.