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Dan Haren hits free agency after Angels decline option

Nov 3, 2012, 12:22 AM EDT

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It appeared Dan Haren was Chicago-bound just a few hours ago, but he’s now a free agent.

Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that the Angels have declined the $15.5 million club option on Haren’s contract for 2013. He will receive a $3.5 million buyout and test the open market.

Yes, somehow the Angels were able to trade Ervin Santana, but couldn’t find a taker for Haren. Most thought the reverse would happen at the start of this week. Very strange. Of course, it’s not clear why the proposed trade with the Cubs fell apart and it’s possible Jerry Dipoto simply didn’t have enough time to find another deal he was satisfied with. Given the reports that the Angels were actually going to send money to the Cubs for Carlos Marmol, perhaps the failed deal was a blessing in disguise.

Haren, 32, is coming off a disappointing season where he posted a 4.33 ERA and 142/38 K/BB ratio over 176 2/3 innings while showing diminished velocity and dealing with a back issue. However, there will likely be plenty of teams lining up for a possible rebound.

  1. fantasymoney - Nov 3, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    If he wanted to, worst case senario, he can sign a one year deal with any team in baseball for 12M. With the 3.5M buyout, he would still make the same amount had the option been picked up. Win, Dan Haren.

    • purnellmeagrejr - Nov 3, 2012 at 8:01 AM

      Haren, like Randy Lerch has that amazing intangible of “looking” like a pitcher on the mound.

      • skeleteeth - Nov 3, 2012 at 8:31 AM

        In case you’re serious:

        1.18 vs 1.51 career WHIP

    • purnellmeagrejr - Nov 4, 2012 at 8:57 AM

      skeleteeeth – what does whip have to do with how a pitcher LOOKS?

  2. ezthinking - Nov 3, 2012 at 2:17 AM

    I’ll take the under on him getting $12 mil salary this year.

  3. sergio408 - Nov 3, 2012 at 4:32 AM

    Come back to Oakland, but we will only pay you 6.5 mil.

  4. bleed4philly - Nov 3, 2012 at 5:32 AM

    I hear the Yankees calling already

    • Old Gator - Nov 3, 2012 at 6:14 AM

      Everybody hears the Borg calling. All the time. Forget it. It’s just an echo from the Big Bang.

  5. yankeepunk3000 - Nov 3, 2012 at 6:32 AM

    what kind of buy out is that? 3.5 million just to leave? this is second only to zutos 7 million buy out after next year…who would agree to such a buy out? mabye 1million but anymore doesn’t make sense

  6. cur68 - Nov 3, 2012 at 7:34 AM

    So the deal got Marmoled? Fitting.

  7. jarathen - Nov 3, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    Angels should have kept him. Basically $12 million to count on one mediocre season to be an outlier. The Angels don’t have any starting depth at all, and if they don’t land Greinke, it’s officially time to worry or overpay Anibal Sanchez.

  8. billymc75 - Nov 3, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Texas should call quick

    • storebrandcookies - Nov 3, 2012 at 9:47 AM

      Seems logical. Texas took a gamble on Brandon Webb and Roy Oswalt before, I think Haren can rebound.

  9. legacybroken - Nov 3, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    I think this will blow up in the Angels face. I see Greinke either as a Dodger or on the inevitable mystery team that is bound to swoop in and surprise them. Also, Anibal is not leaving the Motor City. Mr Illitch will make sure of it.

    • jarathen - Nov 3, 2012 at 9:49 AM

      It’s the first obvious mistake I’d assign to DiPoto, but he’s been dumping Dan since his time with the Diamondbacks. He obviously just doesn’t like the guy on the mound.

  10. flavadave10 - Nov 3, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Once again, Carlos Marmol has ruined the day. Credit him with the blown save of the trade.

  11. pastabelly - Nov 3, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    This is exactly the type of pitcher the Red Sox overspend for.

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