Miami Marlins Trade Dan Haren to Chicago Cubs


The Miami Marlins continues their selling on Friday’s trade deadline. The team agreed to ship right hander Dan Haren to the Chicago Cubs for two minor league prospects. This is according to According to Gordon Wittenmyer of The Chicago Sun-Times

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Haren came to the Miami Marlins this off-season, along with Dee Gordon and Miguel Rojas, for Andrew Heaney, Chris Hatcher, Austin Barnes, and Enrique Hernandez from the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 21 starts with the Miami Marlins, Haren posted a 3.42 ERA and 4.57 FIP over 129.0 innings.

Haren is a free agent at the season’s end and was unlikely to return to Miami. While some speculated he’d be a candidate to be dealt in August, the Marlins decided to jump on a deal they liked today.

His final start with the Miami Marlins came yesterday, as he pitched six solid innings. It was a 1-0 loss to the Washington Nationals, as Haren’s biggest mistake in the game resulted in a Ryan Zimmerman home run.

With the Los Angeles Dodgers eating much of the freight on Haren’s contract, this trade was more about getting prospects back then worrying about any sort of money exchange between the two teams.

The two prospects coming to Miami are short stop prospect Elliot Soto and right-handed pitcher Ivan Pineyro Neither are going to turn into stars anytime soon, but it is a solid return for a guy that does not even touch 90 on the radar gun anymore.

Elliot Soto is a glove-first, 25-year old short stop in Double-A. He owns a .275/.388/.314 slash line in Double-A Tennessee. He owns an interesting 14.8 walk percentage this season, but his utter lack of power leaves his major league career in question. Soto will be 26 in August and is more than likely an organization filler than a real impact player.

However, the other prospect the Marlins got is interesting. Ivan Pinyero is a 23-year old at the same level as Soto, but he has some upside. Pinero owns a 3.69 ERA and a 3.24 FIP in 107 1/3 innings. He has struck out 20.5% of the hitters he faced and walked just 6.7%. He reached the Double-A level for the first time last season, but struggled with a 5.55 ERA and a 4.85 FIP in 48 2/3 innings.

JJ Cooper of Baseball America had this to say about Pinero:

The Miami Marlins may have actually added a Tom Koehler-like pitcher for Dan Haren, which is not a bad return for the team.

Personally, I like this deal with the Marlins. I like the deal for the Cubs as well. Both teams should be happy with this deal, as the Cubs added a veteran arm for cheap and the Marlins got a solid return for a guy that was gone after the season.

There is still more time till the trade deadline. Let’s see what else the Miami Marlins do.

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