Haren Could Still Pitch for Marlins in ’15
While Dan Haren has been vocal about his desire to return to the West Coast, MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reported Saturday that the Marlins haven’t given up hope that the 34-year-old will have a change of heart.
If Haren is having second thoughts, it would be an ideal situation for the Marlins. Miami wants a veteran pitcher, and Haren is an ideal candidate.
The Marlins have still explored their options even with a limited trade market. The Giants and Padres look to be two of the most obvious possibilities.
If Haren is dealt, the Marlins would likely seek other options, including signing free agent James Shields. However, Shields is a costly alternative, one that the Marlins can’t afford. He is seeking a deal in the five-year, $100 million range.
The Marlins would like to go to Spring Training with a rotation of Henderson Alvarez, Mat Latos, Jarred Cosart, Dan Haren and either Tom Koehler or Brad Hand. Jose Fernandez will also return mid-season after recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training on Feb. 20.
— Quinn Roberts