Musing On Dan Haren

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) While we’re on the topic of current/former Angels who may be a good fit for the Yankees, let’s talk about Dan Haren.  The Angels made some waves yesterday announcing that they were “interested” in trading both Ervin Santana and Haren, 2 members of their rotation with expensive 2013 contract options who both experienced some serious decline in their performance in 2012.  Santana has already been shipped to Kansas City in a deal, which is just fine with me because he absolutely sucks, but Haren is a much more interesting case.  Continue reading Musing On Dan Haren

Inside Weaver's outing against the Yankees

Both Jered Weaver and Dan Haren put on respective pitching clinics last weekend while facing the Yankees, combining to hold the vaunted Bomber lineup to one run over 18 innings, whiffing 17 men and allowing only seven hits. While there’s something to be said for the fact that neither hurler faced the Yankees’ “A” lineup due to assorted injuries and fatigue — though Weaver more or less faced the best the Yankees have to offer — the fact remains that both pitchers still utterly dominated their competition. Haren of course pitched the first complete-game shutout of the season against the Continue reading Inside Weaver's outing against the Yankees

Slumbering bats no match for brilliant Haren in first complete-game shutout against Yankees this season

What do you get when you mix several players simultaneously slumping, with injuries to what feels like half the lineup, combined with facing two of the top four pitchers in the American League at the outset of a week that featured a game that ended at 2am along with a flight to the west coast and having to play three games in three cities within a three-day span? Apparently something that looks like the current iteration of the rather bruised, exhausted and pretty-hard-to-watch-right-now Yankees, who lost to the Angels 6-0, dropping their fourth game in a row. Not to take Continue reading Slumbering bats no match for brilliant Haren in first complete-game shutout against Yankees this season

TYA Game Thread: Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Thank god for baseball. Could you imagine if this were football and Yankee fans would have to stew over Sunday’s awful loss for an entire week? Me neither. Unfortunately, the Bombers may be about to lose three in a row. Dan Haren takes the mound for the Angels tonight while the Pinstripes counter with A.J. Burnett. Haren is having a career year while A.J. has done nothing since, like, June. Here’s the lineup: Brett Gardner – LF Derek Jeter – SS Curtis Granderson – CF Mark Teixeira – 1B Robinson Cano – 2B Nick Swisher – RF Eric Chavez – Continue reading TYA Game Thread: Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The 2007 Dan Haren deal as a comp for Ubaldo

It’s pretty rare that a top-flight pitcher who is signed to team-friendly contract for multiple years becomes available, as is the case with Ubaldo Jimenez. The most common comp I’ve seen bandied about by the guys who do this stuff for a living has been the 07 Dan Haren deal. So I wanted to look at the two deals and see how they match up. First, let’s look the focus of this deal in Haren and see how he matches up with Ubaldo, to see how comparable they are as pitchers. Ubaldo Jimenez Year Age Tm Lg IP GS R Continue reading The 2007 Dan Haren deal as a comp for Ubaldo

Series Preview | Yankees vs. Angels I: You'd be surprised at what Dan Haren and Phil Hughes have in common

(Note: As of this writing it’s possible Dan Haren may be scratched from his start on Saturday. That being said, I spent a lot of time writing about him below, and everything I mentioned still applies, so please make sure you read it all). As several have noted, the Yankees’ current west coast swing has pitted them against many of the top pitchers in the America League, and, rather incredibly, the best have been yet to come. At least until this weekend, as the Yankees face arguably their most annoying foe, the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels are currently in Continue reading Series Preview | Yankees vs. Angels I: You'd be surprised at what Dan Haren and Phil Hughes have in common

Would trading for Dan Haren have changed the outcome of the Yankees' season?

On Wednesday, commenter Phil raised what I thought was a pretty interesting notion, one that I really hadn’t thought about at all since July — what if the Yankees had consummated the rumored trade for Dan Haren, and how might that have altered the outcome of the season? Now, the idea of going back and tossing out all of the crappy Dustin Moseley/Javier Vazquez, etc. starts and inserting what Haren did with the Angels, while tempting, has a spectacular amount of flaws. There are so many presuppositions that need to be made, and obviously the rotation would have continued to Continue reading Would trading for Dan Haren have changed the outcome of the Yankees' season?

Granderson hits two bombs as Yanks blast KC 12-6

Though not quite on par with last year’s eight-game winning streak, the 2010 Yankees have acquitted themselves quite nicely since coming out of the All-Star Break, going 6-3 over their last nine games. The homestand was capped by a 12-6 win over lowly Kansas City yesterday. Phil Hughes was slightly better this time out, throwing 5 1/3 innings of three-run ball in a rain-shortened appearance, although surrendering a home run to light-hitting Scott Podsednik is borderline unacceptable. That Podsednik would go on to hit a second home run off of Joba Chamberlain in the eighth is absolutely disgraceful on the Continue reading Granderson hits two bombs as Yanks blast KC 12-6

Breaking down the Dan Haren trade

When  most fans look at trades, they generally only consider the talent levels of the players involved. The most important factor in trades that gets overlooked is contract. More specifically, the difference between what you have to pay a player and what he earns. That’s his residual value, that’s what you typically have to make up for in a potential deal. That’s why players earning good money tend to go for far less in terms of talent than one would expect, and why Alex Rodriguez was recently ranked the most untradeable player in Baseball, despite the fact that he’s still Continue reading Breaking down the Dan Haren trade