Sunday, July 25, 2010

Angels Acquire Dan Haren from D'backs

Just days after pulling the trigger on a trade for Alberto Callaspo from Kansas City, the Angels made a blockbuster deal, acquiring Arizona ace Dan Haren.   The Angels gave up Joe Saunders, and three minor leaguers.

Haren, has struggled a bit this season, going 7-8 with a 4.60 ERA and he has surrendered 23 homers.  He is a 3 time all-star, and lead the National League in WHIP last season.  He is expected to give the Angels another frontline starter, to stand beside Jared Weaver.  The Angels are currently seven games behind surging Texas in the American League West.

Joe Saunders moves on to Arizona where he will step in to the rotation of last-place Arizona.  Joe Saunders, an all-star in 2008, has just a 6-10 record on the season for the Angels, along with a 4.62 ERA.

The three minor league players that Arizona received were pitcher Patrick Corbin, pitcher Rafael Rodriguez, and a player to be named, although reports show that it will be minor league hurler Tyler Skaggs.

Kevin says:  The deal is very ballsy for the Angels.  They take on an awfully lot of money(Haren is owed $12.75M in both '11 and '12) and it shows that the Angels are committed to winning.  The Angels also avoided giving up Mike Trout, considered by many to be their top prospect.  Arizona gets an average pitcher in Joe Saunders, who at the very least can eat some innings during whats left of Arizona's lost season.  Tyler Skaggs is supposed to be the key to the deal, a 19 year old pitcher that can touch the low to mid-nineties.   A definite win for the Angels.

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