Dan Haren was traded from the Dodgers to the Marlins in the Dee Gordon deal during this month’s Winter Meetings despite his previous comments that he would rather retire than pitch for a team away from his family in Southern California. Not surprisingly, he’s hoping that Miami is just a pit stop to where he’ll pitch in 2015:
While it would work out nicely for Haren and his family, it’s unclear whether the Angels or Padres are actually interested. Both clubs have a number of options for their respective rotations already and might not see him as much of an upgrade. The Dodgers will pay Haren’s $10 million salary if he pitches next season, but the Marlins will get that money if he decides to retire.
Haren, 34, posted a 4.02 ERA and 145/36 K/BB ratio in 186 innings across 32 starts with the Dodgers this past season. He has an ERA+ of 86 since 2012, so he’s long removed from being a front-line starter.