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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  1. Beauford 5 years ago

    No way to rate this trade until Skaggs and Corbin perform in AZ. Also AZ could trade Saunders at next year’s trade deadline especially if he performs well in the weaker NL. Come to think of it, AZ could trade Saunders before THIS year’s trade deadline.

  2. Do you think player preference had any influence on this deal?? Absolutely…

  3. YanksFanSince78 5 years ago

    On another note….

    23 year old AAA pitcher Ivan Nova goes 9-2 today and lowers his era to 2.97 but 23 year old AA pitcher Hector Noesi gets hammerd and is now 11-4 w/ a era around 2.50. I think Betances, the ummm…22 year old pitcher in A+ goes tomorrow. He’s 5-1 w/ a 1.60 ERA in 9 starts this year. As long as CC, AJ, JAvier Vazquez, Pettite and Hughes stay strong I think the Yanks will be ok not getting Haren.

    • Record, LOL.

      • BentoBox 5 years ago

        They’ll be ok with Lee this off-season. Sorry YF78, I just had to.

    • TradeYouk 5 years ago

      I think its pretty safe to say that the Dbacks didn’t pull a Jack Z and bring the Angels offer to the Yanks in order to get them to beat it.

  4. jdub220 5 years ago

    Kendrick, Hall, and DiPoto should all be ashamed of themselves.
    I hate being a D’Backs fan, but I can’t stop.
    It’s like a slow motion train wreck, you just can’t turn away.

  5. AJV19 5 years ago

    My take on the deal, being a Diamondbacks’ fan, is that it seems a little light. Maybe needing to shed the salary was the reason for it but I have a feeling that the no trade clause played just as large a role. The need to clear the contract definitely instigated the trade but I think Detroit could have offered a better a package had Haren allowed it, I know that some say he would have waived the clause but I’m not sure. Now with the deal itself, even though it is probably a little light it don’t think it’s the worst thing in the world. Saunders is not great but he was a first round pick and an all-star so he has the potential to do it again especially in the NL West. Rafael Rodriguez isn’t Francisco Rodriguez but he is a warm body for the bullpen and God knows the Snakes need some of those. They can help for a couple of years in a very win able division (no see Padres). As for the two A-ball pitchers they excite me especially in a system that is completely devoid of pitching.

    I will miss watching Haren and I wish him luck. This deal sure as hell is not a win but isn’t the complete loss that some might make it out to be especially when considering the position the Diamondbacks are in.

  6. Why would the Diamondbacks even allow this trade? It’s Joe Freaking Saunders…!

  7. MShowerhead 5 years ago

    Meanwhile, Ken Rosenthal was guaranteeing Haren to the Yankees. Shows how much these insiders really know

    • BaseballFanatic0707 5 years ago

      Ken Rosenthal loves the Yankees.

      Sensible Yankee fans do not love Ken Rosenthal. I’d probably smack the taste out of his mouth if i ever met him.

  8. DiPoto’s comments on the trade:

    on Saunders: “I believe it’s a .630 winning percentage in his major league career. ”
    on Corbin: “all he’s done is go out and lead the minor leagues in wins”

    I didn’t know Joe Morgan was the GM for the DBacks.

    • AJV19 5 years ago

      You have to realize that the people who live in Arizona and thus by tickets are mainly older people and older people tend to like to use older stats like wins, so just because DiPoto is using wins as a justification does not mean that is why he made the trade it is just some solace for the older fans.

  9. bjsguess 5 years ago

    I was not hoping for a trade of Dan Haren. I worry about the mileage on his arm and his contract is still significant. Any move right now to only help the Angels in ’10 is shortsighted.

    That said, this is a very smart move. Regardless of how they do in ’10, Haren is a solid pitcher who will slide in nicely with Weaver, Santana, and Pineiro. Now, if Kazmir can just remember how to pitch …

    The key to the deal is Skaggs. If he pitches to expectations, the D-Backs could have a very solid starter in the bigs in the next 3 years. However, that’s a lot of ifs and this deal just does not seem strong enough.

    Saunders gets a bad rap. However, this year just seems to be the last straw. The guy needs to stop nibbling around the corners and go after hitters. If he can do this, AZ will be pleasantly surprised at what Joe can do for them (ERA in the low 4’s).

    • YanksFanSince78 5 years ago

      I know you’re an Angels fan but wouldn’t you agree that the Dbacks had to at least get 1 guy who stood out and had a decent chance at being a #1 or #2 type of pitcher? Corbin looks good on paper but Skaggs seems more like a projectable arm moreso than a reasonably advanced prospect. It just seems that they (AZ) failed to get at least 1 guy who they can really “sell” as the centerpiece of this deal.

      Also, I’m not sure who these “unnamed” sources are speaking on behalf of the AZ front office but it was said they wanted 2 major league or near major league ready top pitchers. Saunders is an ok MOR guy who won’t serve any real purpose other than to eat innings over the next 2 years and it seems as if Corbin (20 @ A+ w/ 165 career IP) and Skaggs (18 @ low A w/ 92 career IP) are probably 2 or 3 years away from being mlb ready. So if THEY defined what they wanted to get in a deal then it seems they fell way short of netting their demands. And even if this were a salary dump then why take Sanders back, unless they plan on trading him for a nother low level prospect.

  10. melonis_rex 5 years ago

    I really, really don’t like the Diamondbacks FO right now, for multiple reasons. Horrible, horrible trade for Arizona. (and great trade for the Angels).

    The big homer one being, I can’t root for Dan Haren anymore.

    • jdub220 5 years ago

      Bad stuff happens when you have ownership meddling in baseball operations.

  11. wakefield4life 5 years ago

    Of course, they had to make this deal right as the Red Sox come into town. What spot is he taking in the rotation?

    • Id guess Wednesday… so it would go weaver, Haren, Pinero, Santana, and _________

      Angels may go with a 4 man rotation soon too.

  12. coolstorybro222 5 years ago

    WOW.Holy crap, that’s a excellent haul for Haren.

    Also, for a salary dump, they got some pretty decent players.

  13. Msforever 5 years ago

    Wow. What a one sided trade. The Angels instantly got better for this stretch run and for the next few years without giving up anyone who has any actual value. What were the Dbacks thinking?

  14. Johnbird39 5 years ago

    Good move by the Angles !!!!! They are one big bat away from being a good team.

    • Fanoftheangels 5 years ago

      Did you forget about the bullpen or are you expecting them to pitch CG’s?

  15. Haren is starting today and everyone else is getting pushed back a day. Haren, Weaver, Piniero, Santana, Kazmir. That’s an awesome rotation if Kazmir can return to pre-2009 (or 2009 with the Angels) form.

    The only question is what will this cost in terms of opportunities, we add $5m to our payroll this year and another $4m next year. It’s worth it, but could prevent us going for a big bat – lots of players getting a raise next year. If only Kendry were healthy.

  16. Hoosierdaddy92 5 years ago

    damn I was hoping the Tigers would trade for him. Now they are going to have to overpay for Lilly, de La Rosa, or Vazquez in the offseason.

  17. vtadave 5 years ago

    “Diminished”? How so?

  18. D-backs got ripped off!!!

    So I’m happy because I’m a Giants fan. Man, did that trade go bad on them, think they wouldn’t want CarGon back, let alone all the other players they sent to the A’s?

  19. bjsguess 5 years ago

    Yeah – the Angels will just put him on waivers …

    He’s had a rough half season – no doubt. But the Angels aren’t going to waive the guy. He was way too much talent for that.

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