According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun Times, the Chicago Cubs have landed Miami Marlins righty Dan Haren in exchange for 2 minor leaguers. In 21 games this season, Haren has a 7-7 record, with a 3.42 ERA and 1.093 WHIP. Haren will likely be used as the 5th starter in a rotation that already features Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, and Jason Hammel. In return, the Marlins will receive shortstop Elliot Soto, and pitcher Ivan Pineyro. Soto is hitting .275 with a .388 OBP in 88 games in Double-A Tennessee this year. Pineyro owns a 7-5 record with a 3.69 ERA in AA Tennessee.
Source: Haren to Cubs from Marlins.
— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) July 31, 2015
The news of this trade comes as rumors are swirling around the Cubs front office regarding Padres pitcher, Tyson Ross. With the Cubs sitting just two games out of the second wild card spot, the front office, led by Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer, has been active in trying to land players to help the resurgent Cubs make their first postseason since 2008.
The Marlins, meanwhile, have been mired in nightmarish season that has already claimed manager, Mike Redmond. They are currently the second worst team in all of major league baseball, with a 42-60 record. This is the second trade the Marlins have made this week after the massive three team, 13 player deal with the Braves and the Dodgers.
Epstein has created a reputation on making last minute deals on deadline day, including the 2004 deal between the Red Sox, Cubs, Expos, and Twins, that sent star shortstop, Nomar Garciaparra to Chicago and landed pieces that helped the Red Sox break the curse of the Bambino.