Angels Acquire Dan Haren

Just came down about 30 minutes ago on MLBTR, Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News is reporting via Twitter that the Angels have landed Dan Haren from the Diamondbacks in exchange for Joe Saunders, Patrick Corbin, Rafael Rodriguez, and a player to be named later.

Earlier in the day, Jon Heyman of SI tweeted that the Diamondbacks wanted Joba Chamberlain, Hector Noesi and Dellin Betances in order to make a deal. Since the trade went down soon thereafter, I’ll guess that was the D-Backs final offer. I would have passed on that as well. Betances has the type of upside that you’ll kick yourself over, and he’s been lights out this year.

Folks, don’t underestimate the fact that Haren wanted to play on the west coast, and the D-Backs may have shopped him around enough to get a decent enough package to accommodate him. They’ve long had a rep for being a very player-friendly organization. The fact that they’re losing money may have made them look to deal him, but Haren could have had some input as well.

As far as the packages that were floated around today (Joba/Betances/Noesi) don’t take them at face value. That could be coming from the Yankee side, for damage control purposes.

0 thoughts on “Angels Acquire Dan Haren

  1. What a crappy package. Good job by the D-Backs, dumping Byrnes for a GM who apparently has no idea what he is doing.

  2. They really got nothing in return for Haren here except another 29 year old pitcher who is worse than Haren is…

    To me this was all pride by the Yankees they never wanted to come close to admitting they screwed up Joba and they don’t want him to go to Arizona and have Joba and Kennedy in one rotation making them look bad, this trade could have been done with a simple compromise on both sides and now neither team really gets much at all.

    If the Diamondbacks had agreed to pay most of Harens contractand the Yankees had agreed to take on Chad Qualls they could have thrown in Joba and traded Zmac, Nova and Joba and gotten Haren and Qualls back.

  3. I would have passed on that offer myself but I think it’s funny that baseball has reached a point where you almost have to turn down getting a proven veteran pitcher when you are giving up 3 guys who may never start in the major leagues 1 of which is in double A at the age of 23 and the other has never even reached double A at the age of 22.

    Baseball use to be all about the proven commodity and now it’s about possibly looking stupid 4 or 5 years down the road.

  4. I am very happy we stood pat..all out on lee next year . Around 26mil…pettitte , vasques, igawa money to play with..

  5. Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Yankees were never seriously engaged with the D-Backs and have not talked to them in two days. Basically, most of these rumors over who might be included and who was held back were likely crap.

  6. Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Yankees were never seriously engaged with the D-Backs and have not talked to them in two days. Basically, most of these rumors over who might be included and who was held back were likely crap.  

    Who really knows anymore with all the different media outlets available to people and teams it’s hard to tell what is made up to make a story, what is real and what is put out by teams for misdirection.

    To me this was the best move available that allows you to keep Montero (If I’m the Royals I don’t trade Soria for anything less than Montero and the ship) and I’m not crazy about bringing in a Dotel type of reliever but it’s obvious we need an upgrade in the pen and Jake Westbrook and Brett Myers aren’t what I have in mind.

    This is where injuries really kill you if we could just have some hope of getting Aceves back then I’m not sure bullpen would be as big an issue as it currently seems to be, I think people have forgotten but last year we had one of the better bullpens in all of baseball and it was still shaky come playoff time.

  7. That’s where Granderson comes into play. The Yankees could have Austin Jackson at low cost right now, a valuable lefty reliever in Phil Coke, and Ian Kennedy over Sergio Mitre making starts in Andy Pettitte‘s absence. The money owed to Granderson could easily be earmarked for Haren, plus the pieces you traded to Detroit might be enough to get Haren here without giving up the beloved Joba Chamberlain. To top it off, perhaps we wouldn’t have to speculate about Lee or Haren, rather make it Lee and Haren.

    http://nybaseballdigest.com/?p=28012

    Interesting take by Mike. While I wouldn’t call him an albatross just yet, you have to wonder if the Yanks would have been more aggressive with Haren had they not made the Grandy deal, with the effects it would have had in their 2010 (and beyond) payroll.

  8. That’s where Granderson comes into play. The Yankees could have Austin Jackson at low cost right now, a valuable lefty reliever in Phil Coke, and Ian Kennedy over Sergio Mitre making starts in Andy Pettitte‘s absence. The money owed to Granderson could easily be earmarked for Haren, plus the pieces you traded to Detroit might be enough to get Haren here without giving up the beloved Joba Chamberlain. To top it off, perhaps we wouldn’t have to speculate about Lee or Haren, rather make it Lee and Haren. http://nybaseballdigest.com/?p=28012Interesting take by Mike. While I wouldn’t call him an albatross just yet, you have to wonder if the Yanks would have been more aggressive with Haren had they not made the Grandy deal, with the effects it would have had in their 2010 (and beyond) payroll.  

    Haha The guy can hit 2 HRs in one game and he is still not free of the Yankee fan hate? At this point there is really nothing the guy can do huh?

    How dare he get injured and not have 80 Hrs through this point in the season and how dare he have struggles and be on the Yankees, lets get rid of Derek Jeter too since he has struggled this year.

    Can we at least let Curtis have a full season or maybe even a full healthy season before we call him the worst trade in Yankees history (Kevin Brown).

    Granderson isn’t one of the 5 best baseball players in the game but whoever told you to expect that was wrong when they said it for my money I will still take Curtis Granderson for the next 4 years over Jackson who has no power at all and is having what can only be described as a lucky year and Kennedy who’s peripheral numbers also suggest he is having one very lucky year in the NL.

    My guess is that it’s simply hate left over from all the man crushes on Ian Kennedy but this Granderson hate has to stop the guy hasn’t even completed his first year in pinstripes and the fact he is already being talked about in trades is absolutley ridiculous to me. He’s having a down year across the board sure but he is still hitting better against lefties than he did last year and he missed over a month with a leg injury which is obviously his most important part of his body with his speed, power and defense. With the talk around Yankee fans you would almost think Yankee fans want Colin Curtis starting over Grandy and if that’s the case you have lost your mind.

    It just seems like to me at this time last year everyone hated Coke, wanted Jackson to eventually be a “right handed Granderson” and had a man crush on Ian Kennedy so when IPK was put into the deal everyone wanted to find a way to hate Curtis and say “I told you so” on Kennedy and they found their reasoning right or not.

  9. Chris it is not hate of grandy…thats a hard word..he was brought here to fill the power void of matsui and damon..they had him for at least 30 homers..and he had a rough year with the tigers.the guy can’t hit lefties.. not just this year..in 4 months until today he had 7 homers…you can not blame the fans for second guessing the trade..i never would have made that trade..coke was a big loss..lets just relax..tex ,arod jeter are finally hitting.. Chris would you want grandy facing price in the play offs? If i made the line up he would sit..and any lefty in the post season..190 B.A won’t do it..use him off the bench

  10. People have asked about when Aceves is due back–there was just a report that he will soon be traveling with the team,but that he is still some weeks from pitching.
    A back problem could re-emerge at any time. Just getting up from a seat in a restaurant could reinjure a back.
    My guess—-don’t expect him in August, unless the 8th inning guys implode and the Yankees panic.
    I would say he gets some tune ups in Sept. with an eye to getting him as a useful piece for the playoffs.

  11. This whole Haren thing–I just get a little disappointed when we don’t get key veteran guys when they are available. During the last 2-3 years, getting Haren was a unobtainable Yankee wetdream. Now, when his value is low, he goes to the Angels for a basket of junkbonds. I cannot believe he is a degraded homer and hit happy caricature of his earlier seasons at age 29/30. He will rebound into a dominent presence.

    I share the concern of others about our rotation in the playoffs—this year. We can run into dominent starting pitching buzzsaws potentially from Texas, Tampa, St. Louis, or San Francisco. Haren would have helped.

  12. Tyler Skagg is a good PTBNL.

    But Joe Saunders is what makes it a bad deal. Using the 40/60/80 scale they will pay him $17 mil in the next 2 years anyway, compared to $25.5mil for Haren- $28.5mil if they buy him out after 2012.

    Is that difference worth it for, realistically, Skagg and Corbin?

  13. what a bargain for haren. angels did a great job stealing him from the d-backs

  14. The only good thing about this trade is that Haren will pitch against the Sox in this upcoming series. If the Yanks can win that night in Cleveland, it will be another nail in the beantowners’ 2010 coffin.

  15. angles don’t make the playoffs this year..they stay home with sox…and watch damm yankees

  16. I call bullshit, the D-Backs wanted Nova from what was reported earlier…I would have offered: Joba, Noesi, Nova, and ZMac for Haren, and seen what happened after that.

  17. ld you want grandy facing price in the play offs? If i made the line up he would sit..and any lefty

    He has 9 HRs actually because he hit 2 yesterday and he missed a full month of the season with leg injuries which affects his power numbers even upon return and will probably linger to some degree all year.

    He’s hitting above .200 against lefties this year and even though it isn’t much aboce .200 he have shown some improvement against lefties from last year to this year so there is hope for the future.