Dan Haren doesn't really want to pitch for the Miami Marlins. The Marlins knew that much when they acquired him from the Los Angeles Dodgers at the Winter Meetings, and Haren as of Saturday afternoon reportedly informed the Marlins he would like to remain on the West Coast. Although Haren prefers the West, Juan C. Rodriguez of The Sun-Sentinel notes that Haren did not say "he won't under any circumstances suit up for them."
Brad Johnson of MLB Trade Rumors took a look at where Haren could end up. Here are some of the options for the Marlins:
Just because he says he does not want to play for the Marlins does not mean he will not end up in Miami. The Marlins rightfully received Haren's $10 million salary from the Dodgers, and as a result may be complacent even if he decides to retire. The Marlins have some pitching depth with Brad Hand and Aaron Crow among more experienced options, but have said they would prefer to have Haren pitching for them.
Ultimately, a trade may only be realistic if the Marlins decide to include some form of financial compensation, which they might not be willing to do. Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald reported last week the Marlins were planning to use the cash from Los Angeles to pay Mat Latos' $8.4 million salary.
If the Marlins are able to trade Haren, the Padres might make the most sense. The club is looking to add veteran pitching, and Haren might fit considering he is a fly ball pitcher. Although they have rotation depth, the Padres will likely check in on Haren. Miami would find one of their outfielders attractive, as the organization is seeking a fourth outfielder that ideally would be controllable beyond 2015.
As Johnson notes, General Manager Jerry Dipoto told reporters in December he had no interest in adding Haren. Los Angeles' pitching staff hasn't drastically changed since then, and as a result, the Angels will likely be comfortable without adding a veteran starter such as Haren.
Although the Athletics may not be in the ideal spot, Haren could be interested in pitching in Oakland. He is familiar with the organization and the club's consistent outfield defense might make it attractive. A.J. Griffin and Jarrod Parker are expected to return from Tommy John surgery at some point next season, and adding Haren might prove to be a solid option.
The Giants have a notably spacious ballpark, and the organization has recently been linked to James Shields, proving they are seeking starting pitching. Haren could be an affordable option that would allow the 2014 champions to reevaluate the free agent pitching market at the end of the season.
Despite the fact that if they really wanted to deal Haren the Marlins likely would have found a match, the Marlins may be confident even without Haren. He is a veteran option, but moving Haren and cash would increase the payroll, which is something the organization could be trying to avoid. But according to ESPN's Jim Bowden, the Marlins are still hoping Haren reports to Spring Training.
Marlins remain hopeful that Dan Haren changes his mind and reports by Spring Training and they remain in hunt for James Shields #Marlins— Jim Bowden (@JimBowden_ESPN) January 5, 2015