When the Miami Marlins acquired Dan Haren, they knew there was a chance he would not pitch for them in 2015. Haren publicly said if he was not traded to a West Coast team he would consider retiring, and the Marlins in recent days have been trying to deal the 34-year old veteran. But according to Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald, the Marlins have yet to find any takers.
At his request, the Marlins have been trying to trade pitcher Dan Haren to a team closer to his Southern California home but have found no takers.
Upon introducing Dee Gordon, Michael Morse, and Mat Latos at Marlins Park, President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill noted that the club has not set a deadline for Haren to make a decision. The Marlins, even after dealing Andrew Heaney, Anthony DeSclafani, and Brian Flynn this offseason, have starting pitching depth, but rightfully want Haren to be in the rotation. Henderson Alvarez, Jarred Cosart, Latos, Tom Koehler, Brad Hand, Aaron Crow, and Justin Nicolino will all see starting time this spring, as Miami is looking for consistency until Jose Fernandez returns this summer.
Haren may not make a decision until immdiately before spring training, which could lead other clubs who might be interested to explore other options. The Angels appear to be comfortable with their rotation, and a deal with the Padres involving an outfielder that would be sent to Miami has been rumored.
Ultimately, the Marlins received Haren's $10 million 2015 salary from the Dodgers, so adding him to the payroll would not be a concern. But Jackson also notes that the Marlins want to use that money towards Latos' $8.4 million salary. As a result, Miami may not include cash in a deal that involves Haren, which may be the defining issue.
If the Marlins want to trade Haren and receive some form of compensation that would ideally come in the form of a fourth outfielder, they would likely have to include some of the $10 million they received from Los Angeles. If Haren elects to retire, the Marlins' rotation will not necessarily be dramatically affected. But dealing him, even if it requires some form of financial compensation, might be beneficial moving forward.