Many Teams Pursuing Dan Haren

7:00pm: Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the D'Backs are looking for pitching in exchange for Haren.  Derrick Hall tells Piecoro that the team would need an "A-plus" offer to deal their ace.

"Ideally what we would ask for is major-league ready pitching, be it starters and/or bullpen, and prospects,” Hall said. “The volume doesn’t matter. It doesn’t need to be four or five or six guys. It’s really about the quality.”

6:20pm: Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall tells MLB.com's Steve Gilbert that a Haren trade, if it occurs, "will not be [a] salary dump."  (Twitter link)

4:05pm: The Yankees, Phillies, Cardinals and Twins are also pursuing Haren, according to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. The D’Backs are not close to a deal with anyone. 

We should note that Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported last night that the Twins are 'barely monitoring' Haren, since they're on his no-trade list (Twitter link). 

2:08pm: The Diamondbacks are exchanging names with teams interested in Dan Haren and the Detroit Tigers are among the clubs with 'serious' interest in the right-hander, according to ESPN.com's Buster Olney (all Twitter links). The Tigers' interest is not surprising, since they need rotation help, have three high-priced pitchers coming off the books next season and scouted Haren (along with the Phillies) last night.

Haren can block deals to a dozen teams, but would consider allowing a trade, depending on the situation. The Cardinals and Phillies are among the teams interested in Haren. He won't come cheap, but as one MLB official explained to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark, Haren's price may be dropping.

"[The D'Backs are] starting to get more reasonable," the official said. "Before, they were asking for two starting pitchers off your major league roster. Now they're talking prospects, so I think they've gotten realistic. I definitely think he's moving now."

Haren makes $12.75MM in 2011 and 2012, and there's a $3.5MM buyout for a $15.5MM option in 2013.


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144 Comments on "Many Teams Pursuing Dan Haren"


Ferrariman
5 years 1 month ago

scherzer and schlerth for haren.

oh wait….

5 years 1 month ago

what is with everybody wanting to trade schlerth to Arizona? They traded him to the Tigers like 6 months ago with scherzer, duh. plus his dad is the big ugly football guy who works as an tv analyst for ESPN

tigers22
5 years 1 month ago

Verlander, Haren, Scherzer… I like that a lot.

verlander
5 years 1 month ago

Yessssss. Christmas in July, indeed. Please make this happen, DD.

I want to “like” this post so much.

tigers22
5 years 1 month ago

Sure would be nice, wouldn’t it? I’d be real happy with the rotation for both this year and 2011

PrawnStar
5 years 1 month ago

Get Haren.

rbeezy
5 years 1 month ago

Porcello stays. oliver , turner , galaraga & worth for Haren and Drew. Tigers also will get Lilly to plug galaraga’s hole.

tigers22
5 years 1 month ago

It’d take way more to get both Haren and Drew. I’m fine with just getting Haren. Start with Oliver and build from there. Really don’t want to give up Turner. I don’t think the Dbacks would want Armando either. If we get Haren we won’t need Lilly. Roation would be: JV, Haren, Scherzer, Porcello, Bondo

rbeezy
5 years 1 month ago

They don’t have “way” more that is basically the system. Maybe Strieby gets tossed in but that is all they could offer with any value.

tigers22
5 years 1 month ago

That’s what I’m saying. Unless they’re willing to part with both Porcello and Turner (which is highly unlikely), I don’t think we even have what it takes to get both Haren and Drew. One or the other would be nice, but at this point I’d rather have Haren.

proof2006
5 years 1 month ago

Phillies need to push hard for him. Such a better choice then Oswalt. & games out now RA needs to make some big moves and stir things up. Domonic Brown has played LF the past 2 nights.

johnsilver
5 years 1 month ago

No offense to Tigers fans, but I fail to see why they would want to give up a TON from a fairly weak farm system to more than likely not even get past the 1st round of the playoffs vs WC teams TB/Boston EVEN if they manage to beat out a better twins team for the Central division anyway.

Not dicing on the Tigers at all, just fail to see why they would further deplete their farm system for this guy when everything points it would be pretty futile.

tigers22
5 years 1 month ago

He wouldn’t be here just for the remainder of this year. Just getting him puts together a solid top of the rotation for next year. As long as they don’t have to give up Porcello I’d like to see it happen

verlander
5 years 1 month ago

This comment doesn’t make much sense, as Haren would be around for more than just a half season. A move for Haren is thinking about 2011, 2012 and possibly even 2013 as much as it is thinking about 2010.

Pat_M
5 years 1 month ago

Exactly. I don’t think the Tigers should be too hesitant to deal Turner and maybe even Crosby. Getting Haren and keeping Porcello would give them 4 great pieces for the rotation that would all be under control through at least 2012. By that time the pitching depth in the system will hopefully grow back. Every move the Tigers make this summer should have as much of an eye on 2011 as it does on the rest of this year.

verlander
5 years 1 month ago

Crosby probably doesn’t have any trade value as he’s been shut down for the season. Furbush, on the other hand, might have value. Also, he was just moved up from Erie to Toledo within the last 24 hours or so . . .

tigers22
5 years 1 month ago

Can’t trade Furbush… just because of how awesome his name is.

kmborek
5 years 1 month ago

Not to mention the fact that even though the Tigers seem like no threat to win the pennant right now, if you all of a sudden have a playoff rotation of JV, Haren, and Scherzer, with Bondo to start if necessary, they are capable of winning a 7 game series against anyone.Also Detroit has a ton of money coming of the books after this year and could afford to give up Turner or Porcello and sign a guy like Brandon Webb in the offseason. Sure he’s coming off shoulder surgery, but he’s been handled very conservatively by the DBacks, and a rotation of Verlander, Haren, Scherzer, Porcello/Turner and Webb would be pretty disgusting,

Pat_M
5 years 1 month ago

Webb did not have Tommy John surgery. He had shoulder bursitis that he had surgery on and he has not been able to make it back to the majors since due to discomfort in his shoulder.

kmborek
5 years 1 month ago

My mistake. Either way he’s on schedule to make around 6 starts at the end of the year, and if he’s able to get back to even close to what he was pre-injury he’d be a nice pick-up to counter losing Porcello or Turner. Especially without the pressure of having to come back and pitch like an Ace right away.

tigers22
5 years 1 month ago

Haha… Haren, Scherzer, Webb, and Schlereth? Hell let’s go ahead and get Drew and while we’re at it, Mark Reynolds too. We can just take all the good players the Dbacks have and put them on the Tigers

kmborek
5 years 1 month ago

it doesn’t have to be Webb, it can be any FA pitcher, he was just the most talented example I could see.

My point was giving up Porcello and/or Turner isn’t as big of a deal when you have the money to spend, an the owner willing to spend it, to make up for it in the off-season. If you are Florida, KC, Pitt, etc. you probably never trade Porcello or Turner to get Haren. But if you’re Det, NYY, Bos, CHW, Philly, etc. I don’t see why not. Turner is just a prospect at this point and could be great or could bust. Porcello had a great rookie year, but is still basically a prospect, and has struggled pretty bad this year.

Verlander, Haren, Scherzer is as good a top 3 as any, and Haren is the oldest of the 3 at 29 years old. With an owner who has proven he is willing and able to spend money, the Tigers should have no problem filling out that rotation with any number of guys like: Webb, Lee, Westbrook, Ducscherer, Bedard, Lilly, Bonderman, Pavano, Correia, etc. with the amount of money they will have available to spend. And would still conceivably have two of Porcello, Turner, Crosby and Oliver to continue to develop.

This is just a deal DD flat-out has to get done.

johnsilver
5 years 1 month ago

Understand that, but it is the overall cost to acquire him (won’t be cheap) vs. what it will lead to for this year and maybe next.

Are the Tigers thinking short term now? I would hate for them to go into a Cubs/hendry mode of 3-4 years ago and one the Tigers are kind of getting out of with contracts expiring, by possibly moving top prospects that they are a bit short on for Haren.

Hoosierdaddy92
5 years 1 month ago

the Tigers are in a different situation than the cubs. their owner, mike illytch is old, he wants a ring NOW! The Tigers also have two players in the prime of their career and among the best in baseball in Cabrera and Verlander. They have to be thinking short term with those players signed for the next 5 years, and at their best for probably the next 3. (cabrera will be at his best for probably the next 7 years, but Verlander is in his prime now.)

Hoosierdaddy92
5 years 1 month ago

the Cubs signed a bunch of Old guys late into their 30s, the Tigers longest signing is Magglio to 36 years of age and that ends after this year possibly. Cubs signed Aramis, Lee, and Soriano when they had past their prime, for multiple years into their late 30s. that’s why the Cubs suck

verlander
5 years 1 month ago

//their owner, mike illytch is old, he wants a ring NOW!//

This is very true. Ilitch wants a World Series championship badly. He’s also shown he’ll step in if he feels he should, as he did with the Cabrera trade in ’07.

verlander
5 years 1 month ago

//Are the Tigers thinking short term now?//

According to the DetNews, Dombrowski says: Yes.

nm344
5 years 1 month ago

Haren would be perfect for the Phils. Make it happen Ruben. Start making up for your terrible 2010.

verlander
5 years 1 month ago

A homer-prone pitcher in a hitter’s park is “perfect”?

hanmansucks
5 years 1 month ago

Maybe “perfect” is a bit of an exaggeration, but he would fit well into the rotation and the payroll over the next couple years. He would stabilize the rotation, and hey, doesn’t Cole Hamels do pretty well at home (4-3, 3.21 ERA). If the true nature of this team wakes up he can afford to give up a few dingers. He eats innings and has a high K/9.

nm344
5 years 1 month ago

Last 3 years CBP HR factors: 10th, 16th, 11th. The whole ‘bandbox’ thing is highly overblown. And yes, Haren would be perfect, a rotation of Halladay, Hamels, Haren would make for some great ‘HaHas’.

Hoosierdaddy92
5 years 1 month ago

hey dont forget about HAPP!!

dirtydez
5 years 1 month ago

I heard on the radio here that the Snakes like Happ a lot..

diehardmets
5 years 1 month ago

If there demands are down to prospects, the Mets should tentatively go after him at least. Just don’t give up too much, because we won’t be really contending for a couple years and I want to see our young players blossom.

5 years 1 month ago

Turner/Oliver, Strieby, what else? Crosby?

$1519287
5 years 1 month ago

Crosby is done for the year. My guess for what Detroit would have to give up is at least Turner, Oliver, Sborz/Weindhart and possibly 1 more

verlander
5 years 1 month ago

In re. the “1 more”: Furbush or Villarreal?

$1519287
5 years 1 month ago

most likely one of them

cubnation
5 years 1 month ago

Samardija, Wells, caridad for Haren. I would love to see my cubbies start to strengthen their rotation because lets face it Z is washed up, Demps is old getting older, Lilly is leaving and silva’s true colors are starting to shine through. That leaves us with Gorz, wells and maybe cashner in the next couple of years. Ouch!

Philip Marlowe
5 years 1 month ago

It wouldn’t happen – we’re trying to shed the big contracts and rebuild, remember? Also, how would we still have Wells if we were going to trade him for Haren?

airohpue13
5 years 1 month ago

If the Tigers have to give up both Oliver and Turner, they shouldn’t do it. That’s giving up their two best pitching prospects. Oliver may have been raw when he came up this year, but if he learns how to pitch, 97 from the left-side will be dominant.

rbeezy
5 years 1 month ago

Dan Haren is an Ace , he is well worth it. Verlander , Haren and Scherzer could easily sweep a first round series.

airohpue13
5 years 1 month ago

I don’t know about easily. The Tigers would still have to bat in a playoff series.

rbeezy
5 years 1 month ago

they have the third highest average in the AL. They need to be worried about pitching

verlander
5 years 1 month ago

Especially with the likes of Bonderman and Galarraga bringing up the rear.

moonraker45
5 years 1 month ago

Teams who make the playoffs are usually pretty good, i’m not sure about easily sweep. I mean Lester-Beckett- Buchholz?? Sabathia- Pettite-Hughes?? .. .. I’m not saying the tigers cant do damage in the playoffs, but acquiring Haren would only improved their chance for success, not garantee it.. Perfect example cardinals last year.

rbeezy
5 years 1 month ago

I said “could” no idea where you are getting Gaurantee from ?

Hoosierdaddy92
5 years 1 month ago

While I completely agree with your assessment of Oliver and Turner, you have to remember that the Tigers are in Win-NOW mode for the next couple of years with Illytch getting up there in age, and Cabrera and Verlander in their prime. If we could get Haren and Drew for those two pitchers and 1-2 OF prospects that we no longer need because of the emergence of A-Jax and Boesch, the Tigers would be in really good shape not just for this year, but the next couple of years. Stephen Drew is a quality SS, if not top 5, top 10 in the game. and Haren has dominated in a hitter’s paradice on a god-awful team for years.

Todd Smith
5 years 1 month ago

Anybody know which 12 teams are on his list?

verlander
5 years 1 month ago

With our luck, the Tigers are probably at the top of the list.

5 years 1 month ago

Just because a team is on his list doesn’t mean a deal can’t be worked out it just means Haren has to agree to the deal. Even if the Tigers are on the list I think they have a strong case to give Haren, with Verlander at the top of the rotation and Cabrera in the lineup the Tigers are a long time contender, that should appeal to Haren.

Catztradamus
5 years 1 month ago

If reuben doesn’t have a yes from Oswalt and Houston by the end of the day, HAren will be in a phillies uniform by tomorrow night. Bank it. he’ll give away the farm for him (other than Brown) but he’ll get one of them by tomorrow.

diehardmets
5 years 1 month ago

And then us Met fans will laugh as your then pathetic farm leads to an epic crash and burn a few years down the road, as we hang on to our good young pieces and hold together a great young core for years to come.

myname_989
5 years 1 month ago

You’d know a thing or two about crash and burn, wouldn’t ya’.

And who are those good young pieces again?

moonraker45
5 years 1 month ago

lol he walked in to that one didn’t he??

Muggi
5 years 1 month ago

I understand your frustration, but one trade isn’t going to ruin the farm system Baseball America just noted for having the most talent at the A level of any team in baseball.

5 years 1 month ago

Well, Casey Crosby doesn’t get off the disabled list until August 14th so he can’t be part of any package deal for Dan Haren now.

YanksFanSince78
5 years 1 month ago

If Haren is inspired to pitch better if traded to a contender like the Tigers then they would be poised to really battle in the playoffs. A decent offense, two dominant pitchers and a strong closer. I would include Porcello in a deal for Haren in a heartbeat.

Tigerfan93
5 years 1 month ago

I hope Detroit keeps Ryan Strieby in any deal they make. He has better projected power than Brennan Boesch, and well, what he has done this year isn’t a secret anymore.

verlander
5 years 1 month ago

Lynn Henning, that you? :)

Tigerfan93
5 years 1 month ago

Haha, no. I hate Lynne Henning. I think Strieby, Jackson, and Boesch are our outfielders for a good long while

tigers22
5 years 1 month ago

Hahaha

5 years 1 month ago

The Dbacks better get A lot in return, They gave up soo much to get him. Cargo, Brett Anderson, Chris Carter, I still include Quenton in this mix too…

5 years 1 month ago

That’s what happens when you are dealing with Billy Beane

5 years 1 month ago

How about Bonderman/Galaraga and Fu Te Ni for Haren?

5 years 1 month ago

Can I “unlike” this? Why not just offer up Laird, Gene Lamont, and 2 sacks of baseballs?

tigers22
5 years 1 month ago

Say what? I’m going to hope you were being very, very sarcastic there.

verlander
5 years 1 month ago

Hahahaha good one.

bulldurham08
5 years 1 month ago

Dan,
You’d be a great “phit” in Philly red. Come to the city of brotherly love. We have a bunch of Cali kids on our squad and they love playing for Philadelphia (Howard, Hamels, ect.) You’ll feel right at home…

PujolsHollidayWestbrook
5 years 1 month ago

Since when is St. Louis in California? Ryan Howard has been in MO forever bud.

bulldurham08
5 years 1 month ago

Correct. I had the big guy on my brain.

Ferrariman
5 years 1 month ago

so how was geography class my friend.

5 years 1 month ago

instead of howard you should have put utley