Marlins Trade Rumors: San Francisco Giants inquired about Dan Haren
It may be a bit over-dramatic to say that the fate of the Miami Marlins’ 2015 season rests on the what comes out of the Dan Haren stand-off. However, it wouldn’t be far off base to say that the team’s rotation badly needs this situation to be resolved so that the Marlins know what to expect from their pitching staff this season.
According to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, there was a possible resolution to the matter earlier this winter involving the San Francisco Giants. However, that window has appeared to pass now, as Morosi notes in the same tweet that there is no current dialog between the two squads.
With uncertainty surrounding the health of Matt Cain and an equal amount of question marks placed on the performance of former ace Tim Lincecum, the San Francisco Giants could be a potential suitor in the Dan Haren market. Add in the fact that they satisfy Haren’s desire to play on the West Coast so he can be near his wife and kids, it would seem like an ideal pairing. However, the lack of current conversation would seem to indicate that the Giants have moved on. In fact, Morosi follows issued another tweet indicating that these talks occurred before the team came to an agreement with free agent Jake Peavy.
That would seem to hold true to recent comments from San Francisco Giants assistant GM Bobby Evans, who indicated earlier this week that the Giants were no longer looking to add a Major League starter to the rotation. Of course, that came before Tim Hudson also underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs in his right ankle, but that procedure is not likely to cost him any time and he’s expected to be ready by Opening Day.
At the end of the day, it still appears that Dan Haren will at least enter camp with the Marlins and the two parties will either have to hope he comes around to the idea of pitching in Miami or they catch a break and find a buyer in the spring. At the very worst, Haren opts for retirement and the Marlins collect on his $10 million salary, but with limited options on who to spend it on, it matters little to the on-field product.
Needless to say, the situation drags on.