Yesterday, Fox Sports’ and MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal tweeted that the Miami Marlins may choose to trade recently acquired right-handed pitcher Dan Haren if Haren refuses to report and pitch for the club in 2015. Haren had previously stated that if he was traded away from his family off of the west coast, he would walk away from his scheduled 2015 salary of $10 million dollars, and retire from baseball.
Rosenthal along with Harold Reynolds and Matt Vasgersian on MLB Network’s Hot Stove, discussed the situation further earlier this morning, and Rosenthal stated that the Marlins are in the drivers seat. The reason being, is that the team the Marlins acquired Haren from, the Los Angeles Dodgers, were aware that Haren could possibly retire rather than accept the deal to Miami. As a precaution, they guaranteed the Marlins $10 million regardless of whether or not Haren ever reported.
A report yesterday said the Angels had no interest in reacquiring Haren, and obviously the Dodgers are eliminated since they were the team that traded Haren to begin with. Rosenthal said that leaves the San Diego Padres or possibly the Arizona Diamonbacks as trade partners for the Marlins. The Padres recently signed Brandon Morrow and the D-Backs appear to be going with a full on rebuild project.