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.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that there is a “one million percent” chance Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman will opt out once the season ends.
Just going by the math this makes perfect sense, of course.
Chapman signed a five-year, $86 million deal with the Yankees before the 2017 season. Pursuant to the terms of the deal he’ll make $15 million a year in 2020 and 2021 (he was given an $11 million signing bonus that was finished being paid out last year). This past season the qualifying offer was $17.9 million. Craig Kimbrel of the Cubs just signed a deal that will pay him $16 million in 2020, 2021, and 2022 (he’s making a prorated $16 million this year). Other top closer salaries at the moment include Kenley Jansen ($19,333,334); and Wade Davis ($18 million).
It’s fair to say that Chapman fits into that group and, I think it’s safe to say, more teams would take him than those guys if they were all freely available. As such, Chapman opting out to get more money makes all kinds of sense. Heck, opting out, getting slapped with a qualifying offer, accepting it and then hitting the market unencumbered after the 2020 season would stand him in better financial stead than if he didn’t opt-out in the first place.
The question is whether the Yankees will let it get that far or whether they’ll approach him to renegotiate the final couple of years on the deal or to add some years onto the back of it. If they’re smart they will.