In needing to address their starting rotation last winter, the Los Angeles Dodgers turned to Southern California native Dan Haren, who signed a two-year deal to return to Los Angeles.
Haren’s contract included a vesting option for 2015 and his strong start in 2014 suggested the Dodgers secured a viable starter for the backend of their rotation. The season would then included several ups and downs and the right-hander was then traded to the Miami Marlins during the Winter Meetings.
Prior to being dealt, Haren stated his preference was to remain on the West Coast and suggested he would retire if traded out of Southern California. While Haren has yet to formally make a decision, he reiterated his desire to the Marlins, according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com:
Dan Haren has informed the Marlins that his preference remains to pitch out West, and for a team that has Spring Training in Arizona. The 34-year-old California native had been weighing his options since he was traded to Miami from the Dodgers on Dec. 10.
Despite his reluctance to join the Marlins, Haren was complimentary of the direction the team is headed in:
According to a source, Haren also told the Marlins that he was impressed with the direction the club was headed, but the right-hander is not planning on joining their rotation.
If Haren reverses course and opts to make Miami his temporary home in 2015, it will come at no cost to the Marlins as the Dodgers agreed to pay his $10 million salary in full; should the Marlins trade the 34 year old, it’s believed they still will receive the cash considerations from the Dodgers.
Haren rebounded from a five-game losing streak that began in July and stretched into his first August start to finish the year 13-11 with a 4.02 ERA. It was the 10th straight season Haren recorded at least 10 wins.