For months Dan Haren indicated that he’d rather retire than play for a non-California team, which became an issue last week when the Dodgers traded him to the Marlins.
Haren is under contract for $10 million in 2015, which the Dodgers essentially paid the Marlins to take whether he retires or not, but now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com says Miami may try to trade Haren “if he plans to retire.”
Assuming that Haren sticks to his California-or-bust plan, the Angels, Padres, A’s, and Giants are the only options and he’s already played for the A’s and Angels. Haren’s performance has slipped from his prime levels as a top-of-the-rotation starter, but he still looks capable of being a solid third or fourth starter at age 34.
Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.
Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.
Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.