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Angels focused on re-signing Zack Greinke, likely to decline options on Dan Haren, Ervin Santana

Sep 26, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com passes along word from “a source familiar with the team’s thinking” that the Angels plan to decline their 2013 options on Dan Haren and Ervin Santana.

Haren’s option is for $15.5 million with a $3.5 million buyout and Santana’s option is for $13 million with a $1 million buyout.

And then, according to Gonzalez, the Angels will “focus their efforts on signing Zack Greinke to a multi-year extension.”

That may be easier said than done, of course, and Gonzalez speculates that Greinke’s price tag will be around $125 million for six years, but the Angels obviously aren’t short on cash and clearing Haren and Santana off the books would certainly leave their rotation wide open for a huge Greinke investment.

Haren has been a front-line starter in the past, but the 32-year-old has struggled through back problems this season while posting a 4.35 ERA. Santana’s overall ERA is 4.93 ERA and the Angels are no doubt getting sick of the 29-year-old’s inconsistency, but he does have a 2.88 ERA and .175 opponents’ batting average in nine starts since August 1.

  1. Jeremiah Graves - Sep 26, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Really? They’re gonna just let Haren walk?!

    If they’ve got the money they’re rumored to have coming down the pipeline, they’ve gotta try to keep Haren and Greinke.

    I guess if they don’t, it’ll make the Dodgers a very, very happy team.

    • paperlions - Sep 26, 2012 at 1:12 PM

      Yeah, that would be pretty stupid. They are paying $3.5M of that $15.5M anyway….they won’t find a pitcher with his potential for anywhere near $12M on a 1-year deal.

    • chuckj1234 - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:32 PM

      Dodgers won’t bite

  2. uwsptke - Sep 26, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    And what’s their backup plan when they let Santana and Haren walk and Greinke decides he’s more comfortable in the Midwest?

  3. hardballtalkusername - Sep 26, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Haren is 32, not 29.

    • hardballtalkusername - Sep 26, 2012 at 2:47 PM

      And now you make an edit and that post looks foolish. Damn you Aaron

  4. scatterbrian - Sep 26, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    The Angels aren’t short on cash, but if they don’t at least make the playoffs after their off-season commitments, it might be hard to convince Moreno to approve another $100M+ contract.

  5. mazblast - Sep 26, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    They can always decline the options and try to re-sign them later. Their first priority is to get Greinke to re-up. Then they’ll see what they can do with Haren and Santana.

    Looking at it objectively, I can see picking up Haren’s option, but Santana is a perpetual tease type of pitcher and not worth the money.

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