MIAMI (AP) — Dan Haren considered retirement during the offseason before deciding to pitch for the Miami Marlins, who have tabbed him as Friday night’s starter.
That’s more than the Tampa Bay Rays can say about who will start this weekend in the “Citrus Series.”
The Marlins swept all four meetings from the Rays last season and will search for their first 2015 victory in the opener of this three-game set.
Haren went 13-11 with a 4.02 ERA in 2014 for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who traded him in the offseason to Miami. The West Coast native didn’t want to move across the country, and the Marlins (0-3) explored trade possibilities since he wanted to pitch close to his family.
With one year and $10 million left on his contract, the 34-year-old Haren eventually decided he would continue his career.
“It’s hard to leave…
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