Rumor: Yankees not involved in trade talks for Haren

The Angels have already traded Ervin Santana and are expected to trade Dan Haren as well, but if they do it won’t be with the Yankees, who “don’t seem involved” in trade talks with the Angels, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

I discussed the possibility of trading for Haren the other day. He certainly represents a lot of upside, but his fastball has declined in velocity every year since 2007. He did have success with a fastball in the 89-91 mph range in 2011, but struggled this year because of back injuries. The Yankees must not be confident those injuries are behind him, and considering the fact that his fastball velocity sat in the 88-90 mph range this year after being in the 96-97 mph range in his prime, I can’t say I blame them.

Of course, Brian Cashman has probably at least done his due diligence and called the Angels about Haren. It’s possible that he made a low-ball offer and nothing else. Perhaps the Angels will get desperate enough to avoid paying out his $15 million option for 2013 and take it. In reality though, expect a team like the Cubs or Red Sox, two teams Heyman suggested were interested, to make a better offer.

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