Dan Haren was dealt from the Dodgers to the Marlins in a seven-player trade last month despite his previous comments that he would rather retire than pitch for a team away from his family in Southern California. He has been mulling over his situation since the trade, but Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the veteran right-hander has officially informed the Marlins that his preference hasn’t changed and that he wants to pitch out West for a team who has spring training in Arizona.
It’s unclear whether Haren will retire and forfeit his $10 million salary for 2015 if the Marlins are unable to find a match. As part of the trade, the Dodgers agreed to pay $10 million to the Marlins even if Haren retires.
Haren, 34, posted a 4.02 ERA and 145/36 K/BB ratio in 186 innings across 32 starts last season. He has reportedly been “holding out hope” for a trade to the Angels or Padres, but there’s no indication that either team has interest in a deal.