Marlins Trade Rumors: Fish receiving interest on Dan Haren


The Miami Marlins are in sell mode and Dan Haren appears to be the player drawing the most interest.

There are few things that remain constant in this life. We all know that the sun rises in the rises in the east, we all face our own mortality, and we all pay taxes.

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Oh, and the Miami Marlins are going to be selling off players at the trade deadline.

The Marlins came into the 2015 season with a ton of promise. They had watched homegrown players like Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna take a big step forward, they had an ace set to return around mid-season from Tommy John surgery, and they had just inked their franchise player to the biggest contract in MLB history. Add on some solid trade acquisitions and Miami looked to be heading in the right direction.

However, things didn’t get off to the start that the Marlins were hoping for, with ineffectiveness in the pitching staff and injuries to many key players. Being that patience isn’t a strong suit in Miami, the team appears ready to move on from the dreams of this season and once again start planning for the future. That means blowing things up and starting over. Again.

Marlins manager, and former GM, Dan Jennings talked to MLB Network’s radio arm this morning and tried to downplay those sentiments a bit by noting that the team would not have a total fire sale. However, he did acknowledge that starting pitcher Dan Haren has been one player that many teams are interested it.

After being acquired along with Dee Gordon this past winter, Dan Haren was initially reluctant to pitch for Miami. However, when a trade during the spring did not come, he settled into his role and has been one of the few bright spots for the Marlins this season. In 19 starts, Haren has a 7-5 record against a 3.46 ERA and a 6.2 K/9 ratio, making him the most consistent arm in the team’s rotation.

However, advanced indicators may not be so fond of his work either. His FIP and xFIP sit at 4.31 and 4.46 respectively and his normally solid ground ball rate is down to just 31.4%. Coupled with his career-low batting average on balls in player (BABIP) of .251 (30 points below his career mark), Haren would seem to be in for some regression as the season wears on.

A free agent at the end of the season, Haren is not likely to re-sign with the club and the Marlins would be wise to try and move him for whatever value they can get for him. The team is unlikely to extend him a qualifying offer, even if it was unlikely he would accept it. Haren has a preference to pitch on the West Coast, closer to his family, and would make sense to a Dodgers team that could utilize a starter or perhaps to the Texas Rangers who may not want to pony-up for a high-end starter.

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