This spring, Dan Haren will be taking his talents to South Beach where he’ll join the Miami Marlins.
It’s not exactly on par with LeBron James, but Haren’s drawn out version of The Decision is finally over.
Haren, 34, was traded to the Marlins back in December as part of the Dee Gordon/Andrew Heaney deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Prior to the trade, Haren had gone on record stating that he would opt to retire – and walk away from his $10 million salary – rather than continue his career, if he couldn’t play near his family in Los Angeles.
He spent a few weeks holding strong and “evaluating his options” before he softened his stance to say that he simply wanted to play on the west coast and with a team that hosts its Spring Training in Arizona.
Unfortunately for Haren, despite the best efforts of the Miami front office, no west coast team appeared interested in acquiring the right-hander.
It seems the allure of $10 million and the chance to continue pitching in the big leagues was enough to sway Haren’s decision and convince him to suit up with the Marlins.
Haren figures to slot in alongside recently-acquired Mat Latos, recovering Jose Fernandez, Henderson Alvarez, and Jarred Cosart in the Miami rotation.
While Haren’s days as a front-line starter are clearly behind him, he’s still been good for gobbling up innings. He’s made at least 30 starts per season for the last decade, averaging 211 innings pitched per year over that time period.
Over the last three seasons, however, the wheels have started to come off for Haren.
He hasn’t reached the 200 innings pitched plateau since 2011 and in those three sub-200 IP years – spent with three different clubs – he went 35-38 with a 4.33 ERA, 1.234 WHIP, and a 438/105 K/BB ratio over 92 total starts.
He figures to be a solid back-of-the-rotation starter for Miami, but he’s hardly been worth the drama that’s surrounded his decision.
Did people really think he was going to walk away from millions of dollars just so he could pitch near home? Besides, as soon as someone suffers a major injury to a pitcher this season they’ll come calling, and maybe then Haren will be a little closer to home.
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It would have been a surprise to see him walk away, but he has over $71M in career earnings, so – if he was serious – he could probably pull it off without too much hardship.
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