During this offseason, Fish Stripes will be counting down the Top 100 All-Time Marlins, as ordered with the WAR rating. We’re up to number 93.
Dan Haren was a 6’5”, 215 lb. right-handed pitcher from Monterey Park, California. Born on September 17th, 1980, he played high school ball with Bishop Amat Memorial in La Puente before attending Pepperdine University in Malibu. The St. Louis Cardinals selected him in the second round of the 2001 amateur draft with the 72nd overall selection.
Haren joined the New Jersey Cardinals in the low-A New York-Penn League for the back half of the 2001 campaign, and went 3-3 over eight starts, appearing four times in relief. He put up a 3.10 ERA, a 1.051 WHIP, and struck out 57 batters in 52.1 innings. The following season would see him on a fast track to the majors, split between the next two higher levels of the Cardinals minor league organization. Starting with the single-A Peoria Chiefs in the Midwest League (14 starts, 7-3, 1.95 ERA, 0.993 WHIP, 89 K’s in 101.2 innings) and ending the season with the Potomac Cannons in the high-A Carolina League (14 starts, 3-6, 3.62 ERA, 1.185 WHIP, 82 whiffs in 92.0 innings.
2003 would see Haren maintain his career trajectory, starting with the double-A Tennessee Smokies in the Southern League (eight starts, 6-0, 0.82 ERA, 0.764 WHIP, 49 strikeouts in 55.0 innings) and continuing with the triple-A Memphis Redbirds in the Pacific Coast League (eight starts, 2-1, 4.93 ERA, 1.270 WHIP, 35 strikeouts in 45.2 innings). Also in that season, he got 14 rotation starts with the parent club, going 3-7 with a 5.08 ERA, 43 whiffs in 72.2 innings, and a 1.459 WHIP.
It appeared that Haren was not quite ready for the big time, so the Cards kept him back with the Redbirds for most of 2004 for more seasoning. The move paid off to the tune of 150 strikeouts in 128.0 innings and an 11-4 record through 21 starts. It was the last time he would spend a significant amount of time in the minor leagues, and he joined the Cards again for the stretch run, going 3-3 with a 4.50 ERA, a 1.348 WHIP, and 32 K’s in 46.0 innings.
The Cards cut bait on Haren after the 2004 campaign, trading him with Daric Barton and Kiko Calero to the Oakland Athletics for Mark Mulder. In three seasons with Oakland, Haren was a machine, making 102 rotation starts without missing a turn. He went 43-34 with a 3.64 ERA, a 1.212 WHIP, and 531 strikeouts in 662.2 innings.
Before making his way to the Marlins, Haren pitched with the Arizona Diamondbacks (87 starts, 37-26, 3.56 ERA, 1.132 WHIP, 570 strikeouts in 586.1 innings) the Los Angeles Angels (78 starts, 33-27, 3.52 ERA, 1.141 WHIP, 409 strikeouts in 509.0 innings), the Washington Nationals (30 starts, 10-14, 4.67 ERA, 1.238 WHIP, 151 strikeouts in 169.2 innings) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (32 starts, 13-11, 4.02 ERA, 1.177 WHIP, 145 whiffs in 186.0 innings).
On December 11th, 2014, Haren was traded with Dee Gordon and Miguel Rojas to the Marlins for Austin Barnes, Chris Hatcher, Andrew Heaney and Enrique Hernandez. Haren made 21 starts for the Marlins, going 7-7 with a 3.42 ERA and a 1.093 WHIP, striking out 88 in 129.0 innings.
In what would be Haren’s last professional season, he started the 2015 campaign as Miami’s number four starter. The Marlins went 10-11 when he played and 32-49 when it wasn’t his turn. On May 2nd, he earned his third win of the season by blanking the Philadelphia Phillies through six innings of a 7-0 Marlins win. He didn’t walk a batter and allowed only four baserunners. On May 18th, he gave up two earned runs on five hits over eight full innings, keeping the Marlins in a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Marlins lost that one, 3-2 in 13 innings. On June 9th, he struck out seven and gave up only three hits against the Toronto Blue Jays, another one the Marlins ended up losing, by a 4-3 count.
Haren was traded to the Chicago Cubs on July 31st with cash for Ivan Pineyro and Elliot Soto. He started 11 games for the Cubs, going 4-2 with a 4.01 ERA, a 1.217 WHIP, and 44 K’s in 58.1 innings. After the season, he was granted free agency. He chose to end his career with an announced retirement on October 22nd.
Join us tomorrow for a middle reliever who spent parts of two seasons with the Fish as we work our way to the top of the stack.