Wednesday, October 31, 2012

LAA To Trade Dan Haren And Ervin Santana

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of California of the United States of North America of Earth of the Milky Way galaxy of the Universe have announced that they are looking to trade both Ervin Santana and Dan Haren. The Angels hold club options on both players, Ervin for $13 million and Dan for $15.5 million. The buyouts on each deal are $1 million and $3.5 million, respectively. So this is a case of the team having options for the players that are too much, but where simply buying them out gets the team nothing in return.

Seeing as how they'd basically be on one year deals for the Yankees, and therefore wouldn't affect the 2014 payroll, it seems like a good idea to kick the tires on at least one of those pitchers (I'd think about Haren before Santana). But after hearing the news about Kuroda being okay with signing a one year deal, and a chance that Pettitte does return, I see no reason to give this a serious thought. Both pitchers had below average seasons (4.33 ERA for Haren, and 5.16 ERA for Santana), and I'd rather use the prospects to sweeten a deal for a young outfielder to take over for Nick Swisher.

In a few months I may look back and wish the Yankees had given things a harder look, but since the price isn't "all that" I don't think I have to worry.

4 comments:

  1. If I had to choose one, not that I necessarily want one or the other, I would go for Santana. Haren just did not look like he had it whatsoever last season, did not look healthy, and his velocity dip scares the crap out of me.

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    1. For $13 million there's not a chance in hell I'd want him. If LA would eat like half of that, and take a couple "lesser" prospects, then maybe. I mean... the guy gives up too many home runs, he doesn't strike out many guys, and he walks a decent amount of them.

      Like I said, I just don't think he's worth a trade.

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  2. What does it really matter though on a 1 year deal? The money at this point is a drop in the bucket. We make this trade ONLY to compete in 2013 and give guys like Betances and Banuelos time to develop in the minors without being rushed.

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    1. When there's a chance of trading for an outfielder I think we should keep every bit of ammo. If either man is around after a deal gets done for one, then go ahead and see what they can do. But as of right now a trade for pitcher should be pushed aside.

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