Despite a disappointing 2015 season, in which the Marlins sit with the second worst record in the majors, the club does not intend to blow up the roster. The front office has been firm in their stance of not wanting to sell away players that they have club control over past this season.
Miami has not ruled out the possibility of trading away expiring deals, such as Mat Latos and Dan Haren. Haren in particular has been involved in a number of trade rumors, as a result of his surprisingly solid season. Yesterday on MLB Network Radio, Dan Jennings confirmed that teams have been inquiring about Haren:
As previously mentioned, Haren has had a surprisingly good season for the Marlins. Coming into the season projected as their fourth or fifth best arm in the rotation, Haren has turned out to be Miami's most consistent starter. He currently boasts a 7-5 record to go with a 3.46 ERA. Although there is a little over two months to go in the season, Haren has not had an ERA under 4.00 since 2011. The only real struggle for Haren this season has been his susceptibility to giving up home runs, as he has surrendered 17 this season.
Haren would certainly be an appealing arm to a contending team. His salary for this season is being paid in full by the Dodgers. Also the fact of Haren being in the final year of his deal makes him a valuable rental for clubs chasing the playoffs. He holds value as a back of the rotation arm to close out the season, and as a bullpen option in the postseason as well.
The general question regarding Haren on most Marlins fans minds at this point is how much value he could actually bring back to Miami in a trade. Miami would not seem to hold too much leverage in trade talkes with Haren set to become a free agent this winter, so a team is not going to blindly overpay for him. Haren is unlikely to return to Miami next season, as he will most likely either retire or head to a team at west, so from the Marlins side it would be a positive to get something back for him instead of letting him walk this offseason for nothing. But if there are multiple teams that are interested in Haren, then a bidding war would have his return value increased.