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Another quality start for Dan Haren, another loss by the Marlins. It seems like we are watching a re-run of the Dan Haren show, doesn’t it? He seemingly puts up the same outing each time, but to no avail, as the Marlins lose again, this time 1-0 to Washington.
In a year in which Dan Haren began lucky, his lack of run support has transformed that trend. Now at 7-7, did Haren just make his last start as a Marlin?
Reports have come from both sides. While MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro claims that the Marlins “won’t deal him until August,” trade rumors suggest that the Blue Jays continue to hold interest in the veteran righty.
The question for the Marlins is “Why keep him?”
Haren is signed until the end of this year, a season which has shown that Miami will not be competing. Why not get return, any return, for Haren?
The answer may just lie in the lack of interest from Toronto. Yes, they’re interested, but what can Haren bring to the table for the Blue Jays? A competent five starter role?
Dan Haren still ranks among the league leaders in BABIP, suggesting that he has been incredibly lucky in 2015. Similarly, Marlins Park has proven to help the veteran out a bunch.
“I love Marlins Park,” Haren has repeated in the past.
It remains no secret that Dan Haren is losing gas, but would his type even fit in Toronto? With a surrendered homer yesterday, Haren now places sixth among all MLB pitchers with the most home runs allowed. If he moved to Toronto, which is a well-known hitters park, that number could skyrocket.
That being said, the Marlins should get whatever they can for their rental piece. He proves to be useless unless Miami makes an utterly historic run at the postseason, which is completely unrealistic.
Yesterday on Marlin Maniac:
Around the Web:
Marlins lose 1-0, game recap — Craig Davis, Sun Sentinal
What has happened with the Marlins this week — Jason Lieser, Palm Beach Post (Seriously, though)
Marlins, Braves, Dodgers agree to 13-player trade — SI Wire, Sports Illustrated
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