Marlins holding out hope Dan Haren changes his mind about pitching on the West coast

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The Marlins acquired starter Dan Haren along with second baseman Dee Gordon last month, but Haren has said he may retire if he is unable to pitch close to his home on the West coast. However, MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports that the Marlins are holding out hope Haren changes his mind and comes to camp when pitchers and catchers report on February 20.

Haren, 34, finished the 2014 season with a 4.02 ERA and a 145/36 K/BB ratio in 186 innings. Given his results over the past three seasons, the Marlins wouldn’t expect much performance-wise, but would value his ability to soak up innings. Haren has taken the hill at least 30 times in every season dating back to 2005.

Police are keeping reporters away from owners at the owners meetings

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The owners meetings are going on in Arlington, Texas right now and something unusual is happening: the owners are using police to shield them from reporters seeking comment.

Chandler Rome, the Astros beat writer for the Houston Chronicle, attempted to talk to Astros owner Jim Crane at the hotel in which the meetings are taking place. Which makes sense because, duh, Rome covers the Astros and, if you haven’t noticed, the Astros are in the news lately.

Here’s how it went:

This was confirmed by other reporters:

To be clear: this is a radically different way things have ever been handled at MLB meetings of any kind. Reporters — who are credentialed specifically for these meetings at this location, they’re not just showing up — approach the GMs or the owners or whoever as they walk in the public parts of the hotel in which they’re held or in the areas designated for press conferences. It’s not contentious. Usually the figures of interest will stop and talk a bit then move on. If they don’t want to talk they just keep walking, often offering apologies or an excuse about being late for something and say they’ll be available later. It’s chill as far as reporters vs. the powerful tend to go.

But apparently not today. Not at the owners meetings. Now police — who are apparently off duty on contract security, but armed and in full official uniform — are shielding The Lords of Baseball from scrutiny.

We live in interesting times.