Angels Acquire Dan Haren

It took some time, but the Angels got even. Two weeks after the Rangers acquired Cliff Lee, the Angels traded for a highly-coveted pitcher of their own, obtaining Dan Haren from the Diamondbacks, according to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News. In exchange for Haren, the Angels gave up Joe Saunders, Patrick Corbin, Rafael Rodriguez, and a player to be named later (Twitter link).  The player to be named later is going to be Tyler Skaggs, barring something unexpected, according to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic (via Twitter). 

The deal brings an end to months of speculation surrounding Haren, who became the most desirable hurler on the trade block after the Mariners shipped Cliff Lee to the Rangers.  Unlike Lee, Haren's contract extends beyond this season.  Haren is under contract for 2011 and 2012 at $12.75MM per season with a club option for 2013 of $15.5MM ($3.5MM buyout).  The righthander has a 4.60 ERA with 9.0 K/9 and 1.9 BB/9 in 21 starts thus far in 2010.

Saunders, a former first round pick of the Angels, will change teams for the first time in his career.  The lefty owns a career-high 4.62 ERA with 4.8 K/9 and 3.4 BB/9 on the season.  The 29-year-old will earn a shade over $1MM for the rest of this season, after which point he is arbitration-eligible. The D'Backs will control his rights in 2011, but Saunders will hit free agency after 2012.

Skaggs was the Halos' supplemental first-round selection (40th overall) in 2009.  The 19-year-old signed for $1MM in early August.  According to Baseball America, Skaggs is armed with a fastball in the 88-91 mph range that could reach 91-93 mph when his upper body matures.  Skaggs, in their estimation, projects as a solid mid-rotation starter.

Corbin, who turned 21 on Monday, is a lefthander with "much of his value tied to the development of his fastball", according to Baseball America's Prospect Handbook.  At 6'3", the super-athletic hurler can dunk a basketball without a running start.  Rodriguez, soon to be 26 years old, saw some time with the varsity squad in 2009, turning in a 5.58 ERA with 10 Ks and 9 BBs in 30.2 innings.  Baseball America writes that he "features two plus pitches" at his best.

The Phillies, Cardinals, Tigers, Yankees and Dodgers were among the many teams connected to Haren this summer. The Angels did not appear to be a frontrunner for his services, but GM Tony Reagins pulled the deal off nonetheless. His counterpart, D'Backs interim GM Jerry Dipoto, faced the same challenge Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos faced last winter: his first major trade involved his team's best pitcher.

It was first reported by Bill Plunkett and Dan Woike of the Orange County Register that Saunders was involved in a trade. 


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257 Comments on "Angels Acquire Dan Haren"


nostocksjustbonds
5 years 9 days ago

For Dan Haren!?!@

Dave_Gershman
5 years 9 days ago

Tony Reagins is the Albert Pujols of GM’s.

dirtydez
5 years 9 days ago

Dan Haren.

5 years 9 days ago

For Dan Haren

5 years 9 days ago

along with two other angels pitchers

5 years 9 days ago

for dan haren and the angels give up- two other pitchers (rodriguez and someone else)

HHHDMS
5 years 9 days ago

For Dan Haren ..

HummBaby
5 years 9 days ago

He was traded for Dan Haren. You heard it here first, 3:20pm.

5 years 9 days ago

It was for Dan Haren

5 years 9 days ago

To the DBacks along with corbin rodriguez and ptbnl for Haren

jdub220
5 years 9 days ago

For Haren. This sucks.

penpaper
5 years 9 days ago

Wow, that’s a steal. As an Angels’ fan, I feel guilty.

5 years 9 days ago

Depends on the PTBNL… Brandon Wood? I’m ok with that.

Table
5 years 9 days ago

Brandon Wood sucks

BleacherBumSF
5 years 9 days ago

kruk and Kuip on the Giants broadcast just said they traded for Dan Haren

TheBunk
5 years 9 days ago

Joe Saunders has trade value…is this real life?

BentoBox
5 years 9 days ago

April first already passed so this must be real .. WOW.

Potrzeba
5 years 9 days ago

So if he has value, then dice-k must be an ace? Wow what a steal for the angels! Man haren and santana back to back? Texas may go done.

BleacherBumSF
5 years 9 days ago

the angels did

5 years 9 days ago

WOW hopefully we start seeing a lot more trades now, at least he’s not on the yankees.

Lets_Go_Red_Sox
5 years 9 days ago

Don’t worry the yanks will be getting a top arm, either in the pen or rotation

Bob George
5 years 9 days ago

MLB Network just reported it too.

Haren for Joe Saunders, Patrick Corbin, and Rafael Rodriguez, plus a PTBNL.

HummBaby
5 years 9 days ago

I see who the Giants fans are listening to the radio broadcast. J.T. had just announced it because the public address announcer had.

Mr_Anderson1017
5 years 9 days ago

no joba, no turner. I’m disappointed

Lets_Go_Red_Sox
5 years 9 days ago

You should be, but you also should have expected a deal like this he’s having a down year and has alot of $$$$ left on his deal, both kill his value

Ferrariman
5 years 9 days ago

let this be a message to the astros fans out their. Oswalt isn’t going to net nearly as much as you guys think he will.

seanbergmanrules
5 years 9 days ago

Except that the PTBNL is a top prospect, so its basically right in line with what has been expected.

5 years 9 days ago

They only way this is a bad trade for the angels is if its Trout. And he is not on the list. Everyone knows the angels minor league system is ok. Our talent is in the lower divisions of the minors. Angels got a steal…

Ferrariman
5 years 9 days ago

no its not fool.

1 top prospect, and by top, i use that word very loosely.
1 no name league average/below average starter
2 C+ prospects.

just a haul, right?

seanbergmanrules
5 years 9 days ago

A top prospect and two C+ guys? I guess the Cardinals don’t have the pieces.

Ferrariman
5 years 9 days ago

honestly bro, i don’t really want Oswalt. would be sweet, but their are other needs.

and yeah, we could have put together a better package. good try though.

ronny9
5 years 9 days ago

Is your picture Tim Lincecum in a cardinals hat?

Anyways; if you want any chance at locking up your own players its a good thing you didn’t trade for haren. He’s got at least 30 million and maybe another 15 on top depending on the option.

Hopefully for you Oswalt is not a Cardinal by the end of this week cuz he’s even more expensive (especially with the option he wants picked up).

As a guy who could care less, i would agree with you that the cards could have put together a package superior to the one the dbacks got for Haren; but it was a smart baseball move to not do so. i also agree that there are more holes to fill; like offense from any position.

you think the cards want Mike Lowell? u can have him just pay his salary!

Ferrariman
5 years 9 days ago

no i doubt the cards want lowell. his defense isn’t as good as it use to be and we dont need him at 1b.

and yeah, its tim lincecum in a cards uniform lol. it got cut off a bit on the bottom. i might change it to Roy Halladay in a Cards Uniform

55saveslives
5 years 9 days ago

Get that damn cardinal hat off Timmy!! lol

55saveslives
5 years 9 days ago

Hmm..I wonder if it was for Dan Haren…lol

Lets_Go_Red_Sox
5 years 9 days ago

WOW nice trade for the angels, those phuckers :)