If it hadn’t been indicated already, a series sweep at the hands of Philadelphia last weekend confirmed one thing for the Marlins: It’s time to sell.
With the trade deadline standing just 11 days away, eyes around baseball will be watching the Marlins’ activity, and their pitching. Mat Latos and Dan Haren among others remain some of Miami’s strongest candidates to be dealt before July 31st.
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Manager Dan Jennings indicated earlier today on MLB Network Radio that “If moves were to be made, it will not be a total reset.” That being said, fans should still expect Miami to stay active approaching the deadline.
Jennings also mentioned the interest surrounding Dan Haren, who appears be a topic the Marlins front office has addressed often with representatives across the league.
Haren pitched yesterday in Miami’s loss, going six innings and suffering five earned runs on seven hits. His counterpart and fellow trade candidate, Cole Hamels, didn’t fare any better in his three innings of eight-hit, five-run ball.
While Hamels has been with the Phillies throughout his career, Haren plays the role of a one year rental, along with his teammate Mat Latos, in effort to aid the Marlins’ hopes of a 2015 playoff run. Now that Miami’s playoff aspirations are essentially diminished, both pitchers become easily expendable.
Dan Haren has pitched fairly well this year for the Marlins, going 7-5 with a 3.46 ERA. However, a 4.31 FIP and .251 BABIP (8th lowest in MLB) suggests that he has been lucky in 2015. Haren’s BABIP ranks as the lowest mark in his 13-year career by a sizeable margin. His next start is scheduled for Friday against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.
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