Dan Haren spent all offseason saying he only wanted to play for a team on the West Coast, before and after the Dodgers traded him to the Marlins, but he eventually stopped talking about retiring at age 35, relented, and agreed to spend this season in Miami.
And through two starts the Marlins are very happy he did. Haren tossed six innings of one-run ball against the Rays in his first start last week and followed that up with seven innings of two-run ball against the Braves today.
Not bad for a guy the Dodgers basically paid the Marlins to take off their hands after Haren exercised his $10 million player option for 2015, covering his entire salary as part of the Dee Gordon trade regardless of whether he kept playing or retired.
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.