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The Dan Haren-Ervin Santana trade efforts have been upgraded to: “aggressive”

Oct 31, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

Dan Haren

We heard about the Angels’ efforts to unload Dan Haren and/or Ervin Santana before the team is required to exercise their 2013 options this week, but the heat on that was tepid at best. There was talk of the desire to trade them, but no real sense if anything could get done.

Ken Rosenthal, however, is bullish:

Be prepared for the Angels to make at least one trade this week. At this point, it will be an upset if they do not. The team, according to major league sources, is aggressively trying to move right-handers Dan Haren andErvin Santana before deciding on their respective — and expensive — club options for 2013.

Santana’s season was close to nightmarish. Haren was best by back trouble. Haren’s option is worth $15.5 million and includes a $3.5 million buyout, and he has no-trade protection for 12 teams. Santana’s option is worth $13 million and carries a $1 million buyout.

Whether these two move in the next couple of days — and what the Angels reap in return — could be an early signal as to how desperate teams are for pitching right now and just how stinkin’ rich free agents like Zack Greinke and Edwin Jackson are poised to become this winter.

  1. willclarkgameface - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Dan Haren’s days as a dominant starter are through. His command isn’t good enough for his 88mph fastball to consistently get batters out.

    I think the Angels are going to be a mess next year with their pitching AND the Pujols paychecks looming every 2 weeks.

    • crisisjunky - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:51 PM

      Maybe Albert can help justify his paycheck by pitching every 5th day until his arm comes home with the baseball on a relay throw.

    • echech88 - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:07 PM

      Pitching, you’re probably right but the Angels signed Pujols in the first place because they got a ridiculously big TV contract last year.

      Albert represents about an 8th of what they bring in a year just from the TV contract to put it in perspective.

      • willclarkgameface - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:31 PM

        Understandably so, but you have to think that money is money is money, even if you’re a wealthy franchise. That money that they pay Pujols could have potentially brought in 2 very talented pitchers.

        St. Louis is the last one laughing right now between…St. Louis and Anaheim. That’s all. Just the two of them. But still. They laugh.

  2. dkphilly1122 - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Edwin Jackson isn’t even close to being on the same level as Greinke, let alone to make a ton of money as a free agent. He sucks. I would take Santana and Greinke and a Healthy Haren any day over Jackson. Let Washington overpay for him though, that would be great.

  3. sknut - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Haren would be an a good target for the Twins, better than anyone they have and would give them a start on rebuilding a horrible pitching staff. It’s a long shot but its a start.

    • azvikefan - Oct 31, 2012 at 3:04 PM

      The Twins need pitching for sure, but Haren is too expensive and has been injured. Terry Ryan is smart enough to avoid him…I think.

  4. mojosmagic - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Nobody wants these two over paid pitchers.

  5. randall351 - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    I am starting to get a bad vibe that Dayton Moore is about to do something extremely stupid and trade for one of these two.

    • natstowngreg - Oct 31, 2012 at 5:15 PM

      He just did. As Aaron just posted, it’s Santana.

  6. dwrek5 - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    I wonder if Mark Mulder could get Haren and a prospect?

  7. leshon42 - Oct 31, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    the brewers would look good with haren

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