Reports: Miami Marlins Acquire for Dee Gordon, Dan Haren for Andrew Heaney
The Marlins have finally made the news at the MLB Winter Meetings.
According to multiple reports Miami has agreed to a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Marlins have acquired second baseman Dee Gordon and starting pitcher Dan Haren in exchange for pitchers Andrew Heaney, Chris Hatcher, infielder Kike Hernandez, and catcher Austin Barnes. The Marlins can now mark off one of the needed positions to fill for next season, but it might have come costly.
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According to Buster Olney from ESPN, Haren has revealed to many that if he is traded to another team other than the Angels, he would retire.
The Marlins also gave up a great young arm in Andrew Heaney, who was projected to be a future star in the Marlins rotation. They also gave away Kike Hernandez, who was recently acquired in a deal last trade deadline with the Houston Astros. Chris Hatcher, a converted catcher, was a big part of a very good Marlins bullpen last year. Austin Barnes who was Miami’s number 15 prospect had a very good season in Single A and Double A. He hit a combined .304 with a .398 on-base percentage, a .472 slugging percentage, 13 home runs, 57 RBIs and 11 steals in 14 attempts. He also threw out 29 of 77 runners (37.6 percent) over 73 games caught.
On to the Marlins side, they did acquire very good talent. Dee Gordon, an all-star in 2014, hit .289 with a continuing slash line of .326/.378/7.04. He also posted a 2.4 WAR. Gordon lead the majors with 64 stolen bases, more than a Marlins team that only stole 58. Only one Marlin in franchise history has stolen that many in a season, Juan Pierre in 2003 stole 65 in a Marlins team that would end up winning the world series. Gordon went 9-for-15 in 3 games at Marlins Park in May.
As for Dan Haren, it is unknown if he will change his mind in choosing retirement if traded elsewhere not in southern Californian. Haren has been durable as he has made 30 plus starts and won at least 10 games in each of last 10 seasons. In 2014, Haren went 13-11 with a 4.02 ERA logging 186 innings.
This deal officially eliminates the Marlins need for a second baseman. Dan Haren is not the starter the Marlins need at the top of their rotation, and he might not even come to Miami as it is reported he might retire if traded, that issue is still being worked out between the teams according to Joe Frisaro.
However, Clark Spencer reported that apparently the Dodgers paid the Marlins the 10 million dollars that Haren is supposed to get in 2015. Basically, if Haren agrees to come to Miami, then he is a free pitcher.
The Marlins gave up a lot of young good promising prospects in this deal, and the deal has already been receiving some criticism from Marlins fans on social media. Marlins are still in search of a power first baseman and a starting pitcher. If they think Haren can immediately fill in at the top of the rotation, they are highly mistaken.