Trade Rumor: Angels are aggressively shopping Haren and Santana

The offseason just started, but it won’t be a slow start if the Angels have anything to do with it. That’s because they are rumored to be aggressively shopping both Dan Haren and Ervin Santana, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

The issue is that the Angels have 2013 options for each pitcher, Haren has a $15.5 million option and Santana has a $13 million option, and they don’t want to pay the options or lose the players for nothing. So they are shopping them in an attempt to get something back for each of them.

The reason I bring this up is that it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Yankees get involved. If Andy Pettitte and Hiroki Kuroda return next year they will have a formidable rotation again, but that is no guarantee. Pettitte could retire and there is also temptation for Kuroda to head back to Los Angeles or Japan. Even if both returned, acquiring another pitcher would give them flexibility to trade Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova, or David Phelps this offseason.

Whether either pitcher would be worth it is the question. The price is probably the ultimate determining point, but Santana makes me hesitant from start. Haren is a little more intriguing though.

The problem with Haren is that at 32 he’s not the same pitcher he used to be. Yes, he did deal with back problems that hurt his numbers last year so if the Yankees were confident that wouldn’t be an issue, and I’m not sure they can make that guarantee due to the nature of back injuries, then a deal that includes only B or C level prospects would certainly be worth it.

Still, Haren scares me. $15 million is definitely a lot of money to spend on a pitcher who is such a big question mark. Then consider that his velocity, which used to sit at 96-97 mph, has dropped every year from 2007. In fact, he sat in the 88-90 mph range for most of this season. Then again, his velocity was in the 89-91 mph range in 2011 and he was able to post a 119 ERA+ with a crazy 7.3 K/9 and 1.2 BB/9. So he has been successful with limited velocity.

Like I said earlier, the cost of a trade will be the ultimate determining factor. $15 million is a lot of money. There is a reason the Angels don’t want to pay it. In order to get the Angels to take on a chunk of it, the Yankees would certainly need to include some good prospects. My feeling is that if they get a chance to look at his medicals and everything looks solid, a one-year deal won’t kill their 2014 budget plans. Perhaps they should check in on this.

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4 Responses to Trade Rumor: Angels are aggressively shopping Haren and Santana

  1. Gonzalo Hiram says:

    Forget about Santana, but with Haren everything is exactly as you said it, Cashman should try to rush Kuroda and Pettitte decision so after that they would have a way better picture for what to do with the rotation

  2. Fred says:

    Santana just shipped out to the Royals. Apparently the Angels are serious about doing this quick.

  3. randy says:

    I would take Haren in a second for a prospect, heck its only one year and who knows
    He may be just what the Yankee'sneed. He has been a horse and a change of scenery could get him
    fired up again. Wake up Cashman, you need to do this take Haren and make him a number 3 starter.

  4. lumpy says:

    At some point the Yanks have to realize that they are better off growing their own starting pitching that picking up castoffs and hoping they will do well (which worked for a year with Colon and Garcia, but has failed in most instances). Sabathia, Nova, Hughes and Phelps are a decent starting core. If either Pettitte or Kuroda returns, those five should be adequate until Pineda is ready in July. If neither Pettitte nor Kuroda returns, Lowe or Garcia can fill in as the fifth starter for half a season. Money needs to be put into an athletic, good OBP corner outfielder, not an over the hill starter.