Report: Marlins shopping veteran players, including Haren and Latos

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Bill Streicher / USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Marlins are reportedly preparing to unload some of their veterans prior to the non-waiver trade deadline.

Despite preseason aspirations of playing postseason baseball for the first time in over a decade, the Marlins enter Friday 14 games under .500 and reportedly wishing to part ways with some impending free agents.

The Marlins have reached out to teams to tell them that they'll listen to offers on starting pitchers Dan Haren, Mat Latos, and Brad Hand, along with backup infielder Jeff Baker, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.

Player (Age) W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
Haren (34) 6-5 3.34 105 76 1.05
Latos (27) 3-6 4.90 75.1 67 1.31
Hand (25) 1-2 5.80 40.1 27 1.51

It was reported earlier this month that the Marlins have received multiple trade inquiries regarding both Haren and Latos. A separate report stated the Detroit Tigers had scouted and done preliminary work on the Marlins available starters.

Haren is enjoying one of his best seasons in recent memory and would likely fetch the biggest return for the Marlins, as the Los Angeles Dodgers are paying his $10-million contract this season.

Latos has battled injuries and inconsistencies the past two seasons and was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday with a foot injury, but it's believed he will be available to pitch coming off the All-Star break.

Hand, who's under team control through the 2019 season, has split time between the rotation and the bullpen. The 25-year-old has struggled in both roles, posting a 6.17 ERA in three starts, and 5.65 ERA in 28 2/3 innings in relief.

In his 11th MLB season, Baker has appeared at four different positions (first, second, third, left field) for the Marlins this year, hitting .208/.288/.375 with three home runs and 25 strikeouts in 41 games. His $2.1-million deal also expires at the end of the season.