Marlins have been projecting June or July for Jose Fernandez's return.This AM, Dan Jennings told Jim Bowden between June 15 and July 15.— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) February 8, 2015
Very key comment by Dan Jennings regarding Dan Haren that he is excited to be a #Marlins w/ Shields likely out. Haren is huge part.— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) February 8, 2015
Catcher was once again a point of weakness for the Miami Marlins in 2014. The team signed Jarrod Saltalamacchia to a three-year, $21 million contract before the season as he was coming off a career year with the Boston Red Sox where he hit .273/.338/.466, had a 117 wRC+ and was worth 3.5 fWAR (all career-high numbers).
That’s some risky talk for a 34 year-old whose skills have fallen off in recent years. Haren isn’t the top of the rotation arm he once was. Last year with the Dodgers Haren had a 4.02 ERA, 4.09 FIP and a 7.0 K/9 which was his lowest mark since 2005, his first full season as an MLB starter. He was a one-win player according to Fangraphs, but a notch below replacement level by Baseball Reference factors.
The Marlins' front office spent much of the offseason bringing in some new pieces to round out the club's lineup. When Spring Training gets rolling in two weeks, manager Mike Redmond will tinker with the parts and eventually come up with a batting order.
The Marlins avoided an arbitration hearing with Mike Dunn on Sunday night by signing the left-hander to a two-year contract, according to his agent Tom O'Connell. The primary lefty in Miami's bullpen, Dunn will make $2.35 million this year and $3.45 million in 2016. He has a chance to earn another $100,000 in incentives.
Dan Haren is ready to be part of the Marlins' rotation and ace Jose Fernandez could be back as early as June 15, according to general manager Dan Jennings. Jennings addressed Haren and Fernandez on SiriusXM's MLB Network Radio on Sunday, and noted Miami still may add a reliever before Spring Training begins on Feb. 20.
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OAKLAND -- Sell high, buy low, and stockpile dozens of years of team control on an abundance of talent. This is how A's general manager Billy Beane spent his offseason, often to the soundtrack of groans from a skeptical fanbase that watched him trade several All-Stars, including Josh Donaldson, Jeff Samardzija and Brandon Moss.
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The Dan Haren aspect of the Miami Marlins' trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers continues to confound, as his status leaves the team in limbo regarding their supposed pursuit of James Shields.
The 33-year old has been linked to the Marlins this offseason, but The Miami Herald reports he likely will not sign with Miami.