After taking over the Los Angeles Dodgers, president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and general manager Farhan Zaidi quickly put their stamp on the roster with a series of moves. As a part of the Dee Gordon trade, pitcher Dan Haren was also sent to the Miami Marlins.
Despite expressing a desire to remain in Southern California and considering retirement, Haren made the trip to Florida for Spring Training and expressed joy to be pitching again, via the an AP report on ESPN:
I wanted to make sure I was going to be 100 percent committed,” he said. “I didn’t want to give a halfhearted effort. Once I was committed in the offseason to putting in the work, I was ready to go for the year. I’m here, I’m happy to be here. I’m ready to get going.”
The Dodgers and Haren agreed to a two-year deal prior to the 2014 season that included a vesting option for 2015. His lone year with the Dodgers was a roller coaster as he largely struggled in the middle of the season but was able to turn things around by season’s end.
In 32 starts, Haren posted a 13-11 record with a 4.02 ERA an 145 strikeouts. However, he didn’t make an appearance for the postseason as manager Don Mattingly went with Clayton Kershaw on short rest for Game 4 of the National League Division Series.
Following season’s end Haren underwent an arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder and as expected, healed in time for Spring Training. Now in Miami, Haren figures to join the backend of a rotation that will be without Jose Hernandez as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.
The Marlins finished fourth in the NL East in 2014 but look to be greatly improved after also acquiring Mat Latos, Matt Morse, Martin Prado and Ichiro Suzuki, in addition to Haren and Gordon. The Dodgers meanwhile filled out their starting rotation by signing Brett Anderson and Brandon McCarthy.
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