Reactions To The Dan Haren Trade

Earlier today, the Angels came out of left field to win the Dan Haren sweepstakes.  Let's see what everyone has to say about what this deal means for both sides..

  • ESPN's Keith Law (Insider subscription required) has a hard time believing that this is the best deal the D'Backs could get for Haren.  As for the Angels, he writes that they have set themselves up beautifully for 2011.
  • "We can’t deny the volume and the depth that this brings us as an organization. The names involved in the deal on a prospect level, particularly Corbin, and the player to be named, give us extreme prospect depth, at a position, left-handed pitcher, that anybody would covet," Arizona interim GM Jerry Dipoto told Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic.  Dipoto talked a lot about the pitcher win statistic in relation to Joe Saunders and Patrick Corbin while trying to justify the trade. 
  • Dave Cameron of U.S.S. Mariner tweets that Saunders isn't worth the $6MM or so that he will earn in arbitration next year.
  • While some are saying that this move was a salary dump for the D'Backs, Jeff Passan of Yahoo (via Twitter) theorizes that Arizona may like Corbin and Tyler Skaggs more than most.
  • Rangers GM Jon Daniels isn't surprised to see the Angels improve their club, writes T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com.
  • Fangraphs' Matthew Carruth tried to present Arizona's side of things, but couldn't.  He calls the trade "horrendous" for Arizona, even if the club's intention was to dump payroll.
  • Zach Sanders of Fangraphs doesn't think that Haren will have trouble adjusting to the American League.  The righty had success in the AL pitching for the A's and won't encounter great offense in his return to the AL West.
  • The deal could have ramifications for other teams looking to make moves.  Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun wonders if the deal freed things up to allow the O's to move some of their pieces.
  • Acquiring Haren won't help the Angels catch up with the Rangers this season, writes CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler.
  • The Halos sent a message to their fans by acquiring Haren, telling their fans that they're not ready to concede anything to Texas, tweets Lyle Spencer of MLB.com.
  • "I'm obviously sad to go from here, all the guys and I had a good time here.  That said, I'm really excited for the chance to go there and win," Haren told Piecoro.
  • Jorge Arangure of ESPN (via Twitter) can't remember seeing a player as excited to be traded as Haren was during his introductory press conference.
  • "I like the trade," said Angels outfielder Torii Hunter. "I also like Joe Saunders. But baseball doesn't operate that way; it's a business." (Lyle Spencer of MLB.com reporting).


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46 Comments on "Reactions To The Dan Haren Trade"


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4 years 11 months ago

Torii Hunter: Future GM

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4 years 11 months ago

“I believe he has a .630 winning percentage in his major league career. “DiPoto on Saunders. I bet John McCain and the other 75 year old Dbacks fans LOVE this trade. “Give us extreme prospect depth”Now he’s just trolling…

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4 years 11 months ago

As a follow-up.. yes, this is a real quote:

DiPoto: “We achieved by maintaining major league quality with a 2008 All-Star in Joe Saunders and a guy who quite frankly has been one of the winners in Major League Baseball. I think he trails only Roy Halladay among major leaguers in total wins. He’s won 63 percent of his games since coming to the major leagues, pitched in the postseason on two different occasions”

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Dave_Gershman
4 years 11 months ago

“Roy Halladay only has a greater winning percentage over the last 2 seasons”. -DiPoto

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coolstorybro222
4 years 11 months ago

Joe Saunders – the lefty Roy Halladay

For your consideration

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moonraker45
4 years 11 months ago

Just goes to show you that all of these so called insiders just speculate and really have no better idea of whats going on then the average well informed baseball fan.. I’ve barely heard the Angels names in any Haren rumours, yet they’re the ones that walk away with him.

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souldrummer
4 years 11 months ago

The pundits have to generate weeks and days of news, the GMs can make all of those weeks and days go away with a last minute change of mind. Kudos to the Angels for being silent but deadly and boo on the DBacks for not leaking out more stuff to see whether they could have attracted a better suitor to the dance.

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aap212
4 years 11 months ago

Some of us Mets fans used to call him “Uh Oh” DiPoto when he was a relief pitcher. I have a feeling Diamondbacks fans will be picking up that torch.

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4 years 11 months ago

Saunders is a good pitcher (maybe not this year) and will be… but this isn’t just the Angels getting a great pitcher. This is responding to the division rival Rangers getting a great pitcher (Cliff Lee) and keeping the best team in MLB, the Yankees, from getting the same pitcher.

And it’s not a rental, so it’s not like they’re doing this just for this year. I don’t think Haren automatically means we’re gonna catch up with Texas (7 GB in July isn’t absolutely insurmountable), but makes us stronger for the next couple years.

Really, the Angels getting Haren and moving Saunders to the NL is a much better option than standing pat after the Cliff Lee trade and letting the Yankees get Haren, or standing pat and letting the Yankees get Lee next season as a free agent.

Doesn’t help their offensive problem… but the Angels are a better team now than they were before. And for the next couple seasons, they’ll have a great 1-2 in Weaver and Haren, and Morales will be back. They aren’t conceding this season… but are looking forward.

Basically, if Haren were a free agent after this season, no way he’s not on a plane to the Yankees by July 31.

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4 years 11 months ago

Sorry, the Angels got Haren because they were afraid the Yankees were going to? That’s a cute fallacy… Are the Angels 7 back of the Yankees; in the same division as the Yankees; are they going to sign Cliff Lee in the offseason to stop the Yankees from doing so? Also, Saunders is not a good pitcher and he won’t be moving forward.

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4 years 11 months ago

That’s the reason the Red Sox and Yankees seem to fight for every single great player available.

And besides, the reason they lost to the Yankees last year: partly because of pitching. Angels didn’t have the great pitching up front to take one of those two games in New York. They couldn’t do anything in that offseason because the Yankees “bought” Teixeira, Sabathia, and Burnett. And this offseason, they’re gonna “buy” Lee if they want him bad enough.

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RBIBaseball
4 years 11 months ago

So… you would want the Yankees just to sit on their asses an do nothing with the 80 million that they had come off the books. So if the Angels got CC instead of the Yankees, which he was being suited by, that wouldn’t be considered buying by your standards? Also you may seem to forget that Tex had a horrible offseason and Burnett wasn’t so great either.

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East Coast Bias
4 years 11 months ago

But doesn’t EVERY team “buy” the player when then sign him and give him money?

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CrustyJuggler
4 years 11 months ago

“Saunders is a good pitcher (maybe not this year) and will be…”

His career 5.1 K/9 says otherwise. He’s a 4.50ERA/1.45WHIP guy going forward. 2008 was his career year. He’s a #4 or #5 on an average team.

Joe Saunders is the definition of “innings eater”.

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4 years 11 months ago

I’ve always thought of him as a lefty Jon Garland.