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Dan Haren is not happy about “source” saying Angels will decline his 2013 option

Sep 28, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

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Earlier this week Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com wrote that the Angels were likely to decline their 2013 options on Dan Haren and Ervin Santana while focusing on re-signing Zack Greinke to a huge long-term deal.

Gonzalez cited “a source familiar with the team’s thinking” and … well, Haren thinks whoever that source is has “dumb timing” and “stupid timing.”

Here’s more, via Ramona Shelbourne of ESPN Los Angeles:

Whatever source familiar with the Angels’ thinking said it, I think it was probably dumb timing for them to say something. We have 10 days left, two weeks left. I think the last thing myself or Ervin are thinking about is our status for next year. We’re focused on the task at hand. I thought it was really stupid timing for something like that to come out.

He’s right, of course, although it’s important to note that “a source familiar with the team’s thinking” doesn’t necessarily mean someone in the Angels organization and in fact the phrasing actually suggests the person isn’t in the Angels organization. In which case they probably don’t care about the timing and what impact it could have on the Angels’ playoff chances.

Haren also made it clear that he wants to remain with the Angels beyond this season, saying “of course I want to come back” and “of course I want to stay.” He went on to say that he understands how the team may have lost confidence in him this season, but cited his strong track record and added: “If I don’t come back, I’ll go somewhere else and help that team out.”

Based on that track record choosing his $15.5 million option instead of a $3.5 million buyout would be a no-brainer, but based on the 32-year-old’s 4.32 ERA and back problems this season the decision on Haren is much tougher.

  1. willclarkgameface - Sep 28, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    He’s right, but it’s an endless road trying to get to the bottom of who exactly has the big mouth in the organization. And on that note, it’s no secret that these kinds of things get out because the team doesn’t want to do the dirty work, they’ll let it fall on the press.

    It’s a filthy business that baseball.

    • chill1184 - Sep 28, 2012 at 1:08 PM

      While teams pull douchebag moves like this however lets be honest here the media loves to pull this crap too. When they have an agenda they like to pull their “anonymous source” card

      • Brian Donohue - Sep 28, 2012 at 1:45 PM

        Agree, the sports media are approaching the depths already reached by political media, and that’s a very deep swamp indeed. As old Tom Waits sang: “fast women, slower horses / unreliable sources…”

        What’s the right way to do this? Well, the J-schools teach (or used to teach) that a source should be given anonymity if and only if exposing the source’s name would also expose him/her to physical danger. Otherwise, journalists were taught to perceive that revealing one’s sources was part of the story, often the core of it. But now it’s become a child’s game: I’ll tell you a secret if you can refuse to tell where it came from. Therefore, so-called journalists now will not only hide the personal identity of a source, but also its affiliation. Thus, a scribe can thoroughly invent a story, just make shit up that sounds hot and steamy and attribute it to “a source familiar with the x situation.” And then wonder why surveys show that public trust in the media is sinking rapidly toward the levels of trust in Congress.

  2. alexo0 - Sep 28, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    If he can get healthy I think Haren would be a great buy-low option. Once Pavano is gone, Haren would be a perfect replacement for the Twins. Or if KC is looking for plenty of solid innings. Heck, see if they can get both Haren and Santana.

  3. rooney24 - Sep 28, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    When you work in sports and/or entertainment, you have to realize that certain things come along with the big money and fame. I wish the worst thing that could happen to me next year would be to get paid $3.5 million to go away. And, if they do that, he will still sign somewhere else and get at least $3-5 million, and likely more, on top of the buyout. Players should be used to being booed and yelled at every day they are on the field. I think some of them need a little thicker skin off the field.

    This should be a non-issue. If you don’t want people speculating on your future, pitch well enough to not put it in doubt.

  4. mazblast - Sep 28, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Alden Gonzalez, whatever he is, needs to use more common sense, and, failing that, crawl back under his rock. Pulling this kind of “anonymous source” crap at this time of year amounts to screwing with a team that still has an outside chance of making the playoffs. Seriously, this story was so hot that it couldn’t wait until the team’s season was over? If I’m the Angels, I ban Gonzalez from the clubhouse and tell MLB that if they don’t like it, bleep them. Tell MLB.com to send a human next time, not a slug.

    As for Haren, he needs to concentrate on his physical condition and his pitching and not think about what some unknown MLB.com writer is writing.

  5. cosanostra71 - Sep 28, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    I hope the Angels keep Haren

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