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Angels exploring trades for Dan Haren and Ervin Santana

Oct 29, 2012, 7:04 PM EDT

Dan Haren

We heard last month that the Angels were likely to decline their club options on Dan Haren and Ervin Santana in order to focus their efforts on signing impending free agent Zack Greinke, but things could get interesting in the next couple of days.

According to Jon Heyman of, the Angels are currently exploring potential trades for Haren and Santana. The Angels have until Wednesday to decide whether to pick up their options for next season, so they don’t have a lot of time to find a match.

Haren’s option is worth $15.5 million and includes a $3.5 million buyout. Meanwhile, Santana’s option is worth $13 million and carries a $1 million buyout.

Haren was bothered by a back injury this season and posted a 4.33 ERA in 30 starts while showing decreased velocity, but a team could be willing to take the one-year gamble via trade rather than sign him to a multi-year contract as a free agent. The 32-year-old right-hander can block trades to 12 clubs. Finding a taker for Santana might prove more difficult after he posted a 5.16 ERA over 30 starts this season and allowed a major-league high 39 homers in 178 innings.

  1. proudlycanadian - Oct 29, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    The Angels would probably have to eat part of these contracts in order to trade either of them. It might just be cheaper to buy out their contracts.

  2. husky2score - Oct 29, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    These kind of guys are who the O’s are looking for. Veterans who aren’t superstars, but solid and get the job done. I hope Duquette makes a move with one of them.

    • proudlycanadian - Oct 29, 2012 at 8:07 PM

      I hope that Baltimore signs Ervin Santana. In that park, he would be almost certain to once again lead the AL in home runs allowed.

  3. jsally430 - Oct 29, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    if the twins are serious this will prove a lot

  4. scatterbrian - Oct 29, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    I can see Haren going to the Blue Jays or the Dodgers.

  5. lumpyf - Oct 30, 2012 at 7:32 AM

    Take away the home runs and Santana wasn’t too far from his career averages. Don’t sabermetricians discount home runs as somewhat lucky? Or unlucky in Santana’s case.

    • stex52 - Oct 30, 2012 at 8:42 AM

      No, just the opposite. They regard home runs as key metrics in several categories.

      It’s kind of like saying, “Other than that, how did you enjoy the play, Mrs. Lincoln?”

  6. lanzurrah - Oct 30, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    Harem will be a Padre. Mark it down.

  7. leshon42 - Oct 30, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    both will be Brewers in 2013

    • pw38 - Oct 30, 2012 at 11:58 AM

      Both AND Josh Hamilton (as the rumors go atm)? Man watch out, the Brew Crew is back baby!

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