Why Dan Haren Is A Bad Fit For The Rockies

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There is reportedly “mild interest” in a trade for Dan Haren coming from the Rockies. It’s not only a bad trade, but one that shouldn’t even be considered. 

The Colorado Rockies have reportedly expressed “mild interest” in trading for right-handed pitcher Dan Haren of the Miami Marlins. “Mild interest” must be the new way to say “horribly bad idea.”

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Haren pitching at Coors Field #ScaryStoryInFiveWords. Those were the exact words that Haren tweeted out on Halloween last year.

Haren has since deleted the tweet, but hey, pictures last forever.

You know, that really is kind of a scary story. Haren has abysmal career numbers at Coors Field. Numbers so bad that you really have to wonder how desperate the front office is in finding a new pitcher.

In 11 outings at Coors Field, Dan Haren has a 5.56 ERA, 1.324 WHIP and has allowed opposing hitters a .903 OPS. Tell me again why this is even on the table?

Haren is also a fly-ball pitcher and we all know very well that fly-ball pitchers and Coors Field never mix well.

Haren was traded to Miami as a part of the three team trade that sent Howie Kendrick to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Andrew Heaney to the Angles. Haren has reportedly been unhappy about being in Miami since the trade happened.

The former Dodgers and Diamondbacks pitcher has reportedly told the Marlins that unless he is traded to a team on the west coast, he will retire from the game. Denver is close to the west coast, right? Which would be better for a fly-ball pitcher on the back half of their career, retirement or pitching in the hitter-friendly Coors Field?

I am glad to hear the Rockies are actively searching to add to their pitching staff, but trading for Haren would be a step in the wrong direction.

Nice try Rockies, but let’s get serious now.

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