Report: Haren ‘holding out hope’ for trade to SoCal

Dan Haren has a decision to make this offseason about whether or not he’ll pitch next year. He was traded from the Dodgers to the Marlins along with Dee Gordon during the Winter Meetings.

But there’s one problem with that: Haren has said he would rather retire than pitch for a team far away from his family in Southern California.

So, according to Jon Heyman of, the 34-year-old right-hander is “holding out hope” that Miami will trade him to either the Angels or Padres. In that case, one would assume, Haren would continue pitching next season.

Neither team would seem to be a likely suitor for Haren, as the Angels and Padres have plenty of rotation options already on board.

Though he has consistently churned out 30-plus starts a year, Haren hasn’t profiled as anything other than a back-of-the-rotation starter recently. Since 2012, Haren is 35-38 with a 4.33 ERA, good for an ERA+ of just 86.

Last season, Haren went 13-11 with a 4.02 ERA in 186 innings over 32 starts with the Dodgers.

The Dodgers will pay the $10 million owed to Haren next year if he pitches. If he retires, the Marlins will receive that $10 million anyway.

-Adam Berry


Dodgers are heartless souls… trying to pry Haren away from his family by trading him to the Marlins. I feel sorry for Haren and other players, who made their former hometowns home. Boo Dodgers!!

Trying to pry Haren from his family? I hope you’re joking.

What a hard decision to make. The guy can pitch in Miami for one year and make $10 million dollars or he can cry about not being with a west coast team. I would give my left nut to be in this guy’s shoes. I’m sure his family will alright with him making $10 million dollars to play major league baseball

Poor poor Dan Haren. Boy am I glad to be working in a dead end job for peanuts, rather than to be Dan Haren, facing this awful awful decision.

Did this guy check with his wife about whether or not she’s willing to give up $10 mil to keep him around for 9 months? Would anyone’s wife not ship you off to Somalia for $10 mil?

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