Haren Open To Re-Signing With Angels

The Angels are expected to decline their $15.5MM club option for Dan Haren after the season, so his Angels career may end before long. But the right-hander said he’d consider returning to Anaheim on a cheaper one-year deal, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times.

"I'm not looking to break the bank, I'm not looking to sign a Zack Greinke deal," Haren said, referring to the offseason’s top free agent pitcher. "I'm looking for whatever is fair. I'll have to see what happens. Players work hard to get to free agency. I've played nine years, and if I become a free agent, it would be stupid not to take advantage of that."

Haren’s contract includes a $15.5MM club option for 2013 with a $3.5MM buyout. If the Angels decline the 32-year-old’s option, they’ll still be able to make him a qualifying offer and set themselves up for future draft pick compensation.

Haren said part of him “feels a little guilty” for not pitching better, according to DiGiovanna. He posted a 4.33 ERA with 7.2 K/9 and 1.9 BB/9 in 176 2/3 innings over the course of 30 starts in 2012.

30 Responses to Haren Open To Re-Signing With Angels Leave a Reply

  1. Luke7799 3 years ago

    If that option gets declined, I think he would be a perfect target for the Brewers. They will have money to spend and have a clear need for a #2 pitcher. Haren has proven to be that with a little upside. Even if he is in decline a bit he is still very much above league average.

    • That would be nice. So when all is said and done, if the Brewers were to sign Haren, the Angels will have given up Hellweg, Pena, Segura, and Haren to the Brewers to acquire and sign Greinke. And the Brewers save about 10 million + dollars in the process.

      • Nizock 3 years ago

        Every player we lose is considered what it took to get Greinke? By that weird logic, we gave up Skaggs, Corbin, Haren, Pena, Segura, Hellweg Santana, Hawkins, Isringhausen, Izturis and possibly Hunter for Greinke.

        • I’m just looking at the Brewer-Angel trade of Greinke and its repercussions to the two teams.

          Nearly every personnel decision impacts dozens of other moves. You could probably find a trail in the wake of those decisions a mile long of players that were traded for one another, what would have been done otherwise, etc, etc…

          On the Brewers side, we gave up Brett Lawrie to get Marcum that led to Greinke dropping his no trade clause. We traded 4 guys to get Greinke; whose trade allowed us to get 3 players from the Angels so far and to probably get rid of Alex Gonzalez and his 4 mil option in favor of Segura, etc, etc, etc. All transactions go a mile deeper than what actually occurs on the front.

  2. rikersbeard 3 years ago

    Come to Toronto big guy.

  3. start_wearing_purple 3 years ago

    Ok, there’s pretty much a boilerplate here: Haren would be a great fit for *insert your favorite team here*, he’s got plenty of upside and could be a good *choose between #2 or #3* pitcher. Really he should come to *insert city name*, he’d be a great success.

    • dc21892 3 years ago

      True that. One of those guys you just know exactly what he’s going to give you. I expect him to come back stronger after an offseason to heal from his back injury that was apparently nagging him all season.

    • LouisianaPhan 3 years ago

      You forgot the part where it goes “A rotation of *current pitcher A*, *current pitcher B*, Haren, and *current pitcher C* would be sick!”

      • Karkat 3 years ago

        Man, a rotation of Lester, Buchholz, Haren, and… uh….

        (I’m not actually saying the Sox should sign Haren, by the way)

        • dc21892 3 years ago

          I think if there is mutual interest they should. Assuming Lester and Buchholz bounce back, a healthy Lackey, Doubront, may as well add a veteran like Haren. He can be a solid 3. You also have to factor in what will be done with Morales/Aceves though.

          • Bob Bunker 3 years ago

            If Haren could pitch like he did before this year he could be the ace, lester the number 2, clay number 3, doubront 4, lackey 5. Morales and AAA guys as long relief and spot starter. Aceves isnt coming back. Too much of a nuisance these last couple months. Then they will have a pretty good bullpen too. If everything works out (Lackey health, Haren health and peformance, lester and clay bouncing back, doubront improving) that would be a good pitching staff. But thats a lot to count on

  4. AdrianYo 3 years ago

    Just a sad way it unfolded. He had a great run with the Angels, and now all we see is a huge price tag and no Skaggs or Corbin.

  5. FS54 3 years ago

    Another one year deal candidate for Mike Rizzo?

    • 1 year? This is Dan Haren were talking about. Huge body of work and tons of success in the past. Even after this season on the open market he gets at least 3 years. FA class is weak.

      • FS54 3 years ago

        ‘the right-hander said he’d consider returning to Anaheim on a cheaper one-year deal’ I thought maybe he would be willing to sign with Nationals for one year with more money.

      • letsgogiants 3 years ago

        Still, I could see Haren signing a one year deal so he can have a bounce back year and get more the following year. He’s pitched much better in the second half than he has the first, and the only reason why he struggled in the first place this year was because of back issues. That’s not to say he could easily harness a multi-year deal, but given the first half he had, some clubs might not give him as much as he truly could had he had a year like 2011.

  6. burnboll 3 years ago

    I hope he stays with LA, not that I’m a fan of either Angels or Haren. But I like when players stay with one team. If LA offers him maybe 4 years and 6-7 mil a year, that would be a good deal for both parties.
    A little lower annual salary than Haren could get on a one year deal, instead more years.

    • dc21892 3 years ago

      It’s not really up to him if they want to invest money in other areas.

  7. corey23 3 years ago

    I love how players are “open to re signing” of course they are, is the Angel’s money still green? yep

    • start_wearing_purple 3 years ago

      I heard they were experimenting with red money this year.

  8. dieharddodgerfan 3 years ago

    Haren would be a great guy for the Dodgers to target if the Angels decline his option.

    Given the uncertainty of Billingsley and Lilly, signing Haren would be a good insurance policy.

    Personally, I hope the Dodgers sign a guy like Haren and maybe bring Kuroda back.

    A rotation of Kershaw, Kuroda, Haren, Beckett and Billingsley (if healthy) or Lilly would not be bad.

    I would like to see the Dodgers trade Capuano and Harang. Considering the dearth of SPs and the fact they both only have 1 yr left on their deals.

  9. Mike Boyer 3 years ago

    you know the Redsox have xtra money now and are going to be looking at arms out there either Peavy or Haren so I will not be surprised if they go after either one of them.

    • Karkat 3 years ago

      I would be. They both have “John Lackey” written all over them

      • Bob Bunker 3 years ago

        how does haren have john lackey written all over him? Lackey had one dominant year. Haren has had 5 and 2 other solid years. Lackey was the best pitcher avaible that year. Haren is not and would not demand as much most likely.

        • Karkat 3 years ago

          I’m wary of these pitchers in their 30’s who just had career lows and seem like they’d get shelled at Fenway.

          • Bob Bunker 3 years ago

            Haren did great at Arizona which is considered a hitters ball park. He has had a amazing stretch before this year which could be because of rushing back from an injury as in the 2nd half he turned it arround. Signing him comes with risk but so do all pitchers and in this case the reward outweighs the risk on the right deal. Im not saying give him 5 years 80 million but maybe 4 and 50.

          • Karkat 3 years ago

            Maybe I’m just a little cynical because I drafted him in every fantasy league and he didn’t finish the season on any of them D:

    • Bob Bunker 3 years ago

      I dont want Peavy because of his injury concerns and I dont think he is worth the 2nd round pick. Haren though on the right deal( 3 or 4 years with an option at 12 million a year) would be a great pick up. Consitlenty has given 200 innings of solid work for 7 years before 2012.

  10. Cubstein 3 years ago

    One note, they aren’t willing to pay him his club option at 15.5 million but they are willing to make a QO estimated at 13 last I heard million plus pay a 3.5 million dollar buyout, in other words pay 16.5 million if he were to accept. Anyone else think that’s a little strange? Maybe the 3.5 can be deducted from the QO.

  11. iheartyourfart 3 years ago

    i know pretty much every team could use him but i think San Diego could be the best fit on a one-year deal:

    For Haren, he’d get to stay in his native southern california, set himself up for a big long-term deal by re-building his value in the best pitching environment in baseball, and potentially be part of another playoff race in 2013. Padres have money to spend this offseason, so they could give him a pretty competitive 1-year deal.

    For the Padres, they’d be able to land a frontline starter without a big commitment, and get someone to anchor a young rotation. If their plans to compete for the division stall in 2013, Haren on a 1-year deal would still be a good trade chip, and they’d net a draft pick if he signs a multi-year deal elsewhere.

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