Posted on: July 22, 2010 8:09 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:27 am
If the Diamondbacks are going to give up Dan Haren, it's going to take an "A-plus" deal, Arizona CEO Derrick Hall tells the Arizona Republic 's Nick Piecoro .
Haren is under contract through 2012 plus a club option for 2013, so it's not as if the team needs to get rid of him right now. However, the Diamondbacks are looking to slash payroll and Haren will make $12.75 million in each of the next two seasons and the team option for 2013 is for $15.5 million with a $3.5 million buyout, so it would make more financial sense than baseball sense if he is moved.
If the Diamondbacks do move Haren, it will take pitching, Hall told reporters.
The Tigers, Yankees, Phillies, Twins and Cardinals all have had reported interest in Haren.
"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."
Hall told Piecoro that it didn't have to be a player who is already in the majors, but top-flight minor-league talent would work.
Hall also said the team wants to keep either Haren or Edwin Jackson, who is signed for $8.35 million next season.
Hall said there has been interest in other Diamondbacks and nobody's untouchable -- "if you're getting enough in return, you'd have to consider."
Other Diamondbacks of interest to other teams may be reliever Chad Qualls and Aaron Heilman, both free agents after the season. Shortstop Stephen Drew is arbitration-eligible after the season and could also draw interest.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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