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Dan Haren, Edwin Jackson could be trade bait

May 31, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

Rosenthal’s latest column reveals that the Diamondbacks “are discussing internally the possibility” of trading starters Dan Haren and Edwin Jackson. That sounds about two steps removed from something actually happening, but let’s talk about it anyway.

Haren would be a great pickup by a contender. Sure, he’s got a 5.56 ERA, but his K/9 ratio (9.2) and his K/BB (5.07) are just spiffy. Ground balls with eyes? A few too many dying quails? Maybe. Fact is, the guy is a freakin’ horse, having logged no fewer than 216 innings since coming over to Oakland in the Mark Mulder deal.

Jackson is obviously less of a prize. Electric when he’s on but frustratingly inconsistent, he has earned far more of his 6.03 ERA than Haren has.  He’s a play for starting depth more than anything. And he could be a good one at that. After all, he was a part of the 2008 Rays rotation, so you can win with this guy.

I think the larger point to be taken from this is that the starting pitching pool at this year’s deadline — already pretty deep — is getting deeper.

  1. Evan - May 31, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    trade dan haren to tampa bay rays we could win a championship the rays are in first

  2. JGS - May 31, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    How many of the runs he has allowed were actually inherited runs that his awful bullpen gave up?

  3. XB3 - May 31, 2010 at 8:31 PM

    JGS … the answer is very few. Haren has given up a boat load of home runs so far. Not trying to defend the bullpen, because they suck. By his own admission, Haren is spending too much time pitching in the strike zone and not trying to work the edges.

  4. BC - May 31, 2010 at 10:27 PM

    Jackson has a cannon of an arm. Would be interesting to see that dude come in as a closer.
    What if the Phillies or Twins reached out and plucked him?
    I’m just sayin’….

  5. Joey B - Jun 1, 2010 at 8:52 AM

    “Ground balls with eyes? A few too many dying quails? Maybe.”
    Maybe, or maybe as XB3 posted, maybe it’s the fact that he’s on pace for ~ 50 HRs. This is not in-depth research Craig.

  6. Joey B - Jun 1, 2010 at 9:13 AM

    “trade dan haren to tampa bay rays we could win a championship the rays are in first”
    I’m not sure that’s the best move. Your worst guy is Davis, and he’s okay. Haren isn’t as good as your other four, so you’d be paying a fair amount to replace your #5 SP while ignoring other need areas.

  7. Levaughn - Jun 1, 2010 at 9:30 AM

    Joey B, Do you realize Haren is an all star pitcher?? he had the cy young wrapped up last year and should have won over 20 games but the dbacks bullpen is terrible.. Haren is struggling this year because he has to try so hard cause his offense isnt producing at all and his bullpen blows. I really can’t believe you just said the rays top four are better than dan haren… Maybe Garza but even he hasnt been as consistent as haren, watch tonight, guarantee Haren turns it around.

  8. TMW - Jun 1, 2010 at 10:01 AM

    Why is Dan Haren just mediocre after the All-Star break? Check out his splits over last 4 years. It’s like clockwork. He’s routinely dominant in the first half and then tapers in the second. It’s almost common fantasy baseball knowledge at this point that owning Dan Haren is primarily for the purpose of riding out his hot streak early and then trading him for a bopper in June or July. He’s the Justin Morneau of pitchers.

  9. Joey B - Jun 1, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    “I really can’t believe you just said the rays top four are better than dan haren… ”
    They are. Who’s not better? You gave me Garza already. Price was the #1 pick in the country, is 7-2 with a 2.57, with a 1.14 Whip. Shields I admit is borderline. Niemann is a #4 overall, 5-0 with a 2.37 and a 1.052 Whip.
    Haren’s run support is 4.92, which equates to #3 as a team. His issues this year have been the HRs. He’s given up 10 in his last three games.
    Having said that, I probably over-reacted because I have Haren on my roto team. He probably should get better, but he is still an NL pitcher, and I see no way that he’s better than either Garza, Price, or Niemann.

  10. Eric Cioe - Jun 1, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    Dan Haren not better than Jeff Niemann? Take a look at the last five years or so versus the last five starts. Garza, too, and though Price might eventually be better, Haren has all of them topped so far, though he’s not pitching like it right now.

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