SAN DIEGO -- The Marlins acquired a speedy leadoff man and -- maybe or maybe not -- a starting pitcher on Wednesday when they completed a deal with the Dodgers for Dee Gordon and Dan Haren.
In return, the Marlins sent pitching prospect Andrew Heaney and three other players -- reliever Chris Hatcher, infielder Kike Hernandez and minor league catcher Austin Barnes -- to the Dodgers.
Not counting their trade with the Royals for reliever Aaron Crow, it marked the first major acquisition for the Marlins since the signing last month of Giancarlo Stanton.
Though there are obvious concerns about his relatively low on-base percentage, Gordon provides the Marlins with a leadoff hitter, allowing Christian Yelich to drop into the No. 2 spot in front of Stanton. Gordon, 26, was an All-Star last season with the Dodgers, leading the league in stolen bases (64) and triples (12) while hitting .289.
Gordon is a converted shortstop, and the reports on his defense are strong.
The question is whether Haren ever throws a pitch for the Marlins. The 34-year-old starter told ESPN.com last month that he would prefer to retire (and forego his $10 million contract) rather than be traded to a team outside of Southern California, where he is from.
"My signing with the Dodgers last year and my decision to exercise my player option were based on my desire to play in Southern California near my family," Haren told ESPN in an email. "I had other opportunities, but at this point in my career, I have no interest in playing in a city away from my family."
A source with knowledge of the situation said the Marlins did not receive any assurances from Haren beforehand that he would pitch for them if included Wednesday's deal. So we'll have to want and see how it all shakes out.
If Haren rethinks his position, he would represent a solid addition to the rotation. Over his 12-year career in the majors, Haren has gone 142-122. In 32 starts for the Dodgers last season, he was 13-11 with a 4.02 ERA.
The Marlins are giving up two solid prospects in Heaney and Barnes. But they're receiving a young second baseman who is in his first year of salary arbitration and would not become a free agent until after the 2018 season.
Speaking in general about the desire for a swift leadoff hitter (ala Juan Pierre and Luis Castillo -- and even Chuck Carr for Marlins old-timers), Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill told reporters on Tuesday that the Marlins "have always liked the (speed) component. I would like more."
On Wednesday, the Marlins got it in the form of Gordon.
The news of the trade broke shortly after word leaked that the Marlins had come up short in their bid to trade for Arizona Diamondbacks starter Wade Miley. According to sources, the Marlins thought they were closing in on a deal for Miley before the Diamondbacks suddenly backed out and elected to hold on to their pitcher.
There are still some details -- mainly involving Haren's status -- that still need to be cleared up. But, from what is known so far, tell us your thoughts.
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