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Marlins were angling for Wade Miley in offseason

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Wade Miley throws against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, July 2, 2015, 2015 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
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Wade Miley fit the description the Marlins were looking for in the offseason — a veteran lefthander who can absorb innings.

Before the Red Sox acquired Wade Miley from the Diamondbacks in exchange for Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster, the Marlins made a hard run at the lefthander, according to multiple major league sources. One of those sources thought that a deal of Miley to the Marlins was nearly consummated before the Sox swept in.

While Miami manager Dan Jennings — the team’s GM during the offseason talks with the Diamondbacks — could not say how close his team came to landing Miley, he acknowledged the Marlins’ interest. The team wanted to add a veteran starter and reliable provider of innings, preferably a lefty, and felt Miley was a fit.

“We had conversations. The closeness, I don’t want to say, but we definitely had conversations,” said Jennings. “We knew him, had a history, one of our scouts is basically from the same hometown and knew him since he was a kid. So we had a history built up there.”

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When Miley (8-7, 4.53 ERA) went to the Red Sox, the Marlins turned their attention to the pitcher who opposed him at Fenway Park on Tuesday, Dan Haren, acquired from the Dodgers with All-Star Dee Gordon and Miguel Rojas (along with cash to cover all of Haren’s 2015 salary) for lefthander Andrew Heaney, catcher Austin Barnes, righthander Chris Hatcher, and utilityman Enrique Hernandez.

“Danny has pitched tremendous, and he’s been such a mentor to a lot of these young guys,” Jennings said of Haren, who enters Tuesday with a 6-5 record and 3.45 ERA in 16 starts. “Hearing him talking to young pitchers, the things they discuss, what he shares with them, is huge.”

Alex Speier can be reached at alex.speier@globe.com. Follow him on twitter at @alexspeier.