Dan Haren told Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles in November that he had “no interest in playing in a city away from my family” and would rather retire than pitch for a team other than the Dodgers or Angels.
But he was traded from the Dodgers to the Marlins on Wednesday evening in a multi-player swap, so that stance is going to be put to the test. Haren just issued this statement through reporters, including Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports …
“I have been notified of the trade to Miami. My strong desire to remain in southern California has been well-documented. I will have to evaluate my options carefully before making any decisions.”
The Dodgers have agreed to pay the remaining $10 million on Haren’s contract whether he retires or not. If Haren pitches for the Marlins in 2015, he gets that money. If he doesn’t pitch, the Marlins will get it.