Still uncertain whether or where Haren will pitch this year
MIAMI (AP) With spring training barely six weeks away, it's uncertain whether or where Dan Haren will pitch this year.
It won't be with the Miami Marlins.
The Marlins have given up trying to persuade Haren to pitch for them this season, and the team hopes to swing a trade for the right-hander, a person familiar with the discussions said Monday.
The person confirmed Haren's status to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Haren and the Marlins haven't commented publicly on the situation since shortly after he was traded to Miami by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Dec. 10.
The 34-year-old Haren wants to pitch close to his family in Southern California, and the Marlins knew that when they acquired him in a seven-player deal. He's considering retirement but is working out this winter and preparing to pitch just as he has done in the past.
Haren is under contract for $10 million this year. Even if he's traded again or retires, the Marlins will still receive cash from the Dodgers believed to equal his salary.
Haren has made at least 30 starts each of the past 10 seasons, the second-longest active streak in the majors behind Mark Buehrle's 14 years, according to STATS. Last year Haren went 13-11 with a 4.02 ERA, and in his final 10 starts he went 5-2 with a 2.43 ERA.
Even without Haren, the Marlins have good depth in starting pitchers. Their rotation is expected to include newcomer Mat Latos, Henderson Alvarez, Jarred Cosart and Tom Koehler, and 2013 NL Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez is on schedule to return at midseason from Tommy John surgery.
In the deal that sent Haren to the Marlins, they also acquired All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon and infielder Miguel Rojas for left-hander Andrew Heaney, right-hander Chris Hatcher, infielder Kike Hernandez and catcher Austin Barnes.
Marlins pitchers and catchers report to spring training Feb. 20 in Jupiter, Fla.