Haren not intending on joining Marlins

MIAMI — Dan Haren has informed the Marlins that his preference remains to pitch out West, and for a team that has Spring Training in Arizona. The 34-year-old California native had been weighing his options sinced he was traded to Miami from the Dodgers on Dec. 10.

If Miami cannot work out a trade, it is not clear yet if the 12-year big league veteran will retire.

Haren’s decision does not change the terms of the deal.

The Marlins were aware of Haren’s intentions to pitch closer to home prior to including him in the seven-player trade with the Dodgers at the Winter Meetings in San Diego. In the blockbuster deal, Miami also acquired second baseman Dee Gordon and infielder Miguel Rojas for Andrew Heaney, Chris Hatcher, Enrique Hernandez and Austin Barnes.

As part of the trade, the Dodgers agreed to pay the $10 million Haren is signed for in 2015. The Marlins are still receiving a cash consideration from the Dodgers, believed to be $10 million, even if the club is able to trade the right-hander.

The only West Division team that has Spring Training in Florida is Houston. It is unclear if Haren would accept a deal for a central division club that trains in Arizona.

Joe Frisaro

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Well, it seems to me that anyone of his statue that is not willing to or not willing to consider at least coming to South Florida to meet with Marlins personnel–then no matter how good they think they are, they are not worthy of being a part of the Marlins team.

Sometimes, all kinds of reasons why a baseball player will not do this or do that seems to creep up. So, whatever the real reason behind his decision if he elects to not play for the Marlins, then the Marlins should (if they can) trade the guy and at the same time keep his $10M salary for 2015 and let the team he was traded to be responsible for his 2015 salary. And, if that’s the case, hopefully his 2015 salary will wind up being much smaller.

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