Tag:Dan Haren
Posted on: July 26, 2010 1:42 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2010 1:43 pm

Trade deadline profile: Roy Oswalt

Leading up to Saturday's trade deadline, the MLB Facts & Rumors team takes a look at the biggest names on the trade block. First up is the best starting pitcher left on the market, Houston's Roy Oswalt.

Roy Oswalt Career stats: 143-82, 3.24 ERA
2010 stats : 6-12, 3.42 ERA
Contract status: Oswalt is under contrac through 2011 with a club option through 2012. He'll be paid $16 million in 2011 and has a club option for the same amount for 2012 with a $2 million opine. Oswalt can opt out of the 2012 option and take a reduced buyout. He also has a full no-trade clause.

Why he's desirable
Oswalt is the last difference-making starter on the market (unless the Royals are giving up on ever winning and trade Zack Greinke). His W-L isn't good, but that's because he plays for the Astros, and if you haven't noticed, they're not very good. His ERA is its lowest since 2007 and he has his lowest WHIP (1.109) since his rookie season. Looking across the board at Oswalt's numbers, he's really not performing any different than he has for most of his career. He's not necessarily an ace, but he's a good pitcher to have on your side.

Why he's available
The Astros aren't very good and don't seem to be getting much better -- that's why Oswalt has asked for a trade. To get better, the Astros need more talent and wouldn't mind having $16 million taken off the total payroll for next season, because if you're going to stink, it's best to at least do it on the cheap.

Roy Oswalt Who is interested
Dodgers, Phillies, Cardinals. The Twins would be a decent fit, but they're not making too much noise about it. Of course, the Angels weren't a team too many people were talking about in connection with Dan Haren.

The Astros asked the Dodgers for James Loney and front-line prospects. The Phillies aren't willing to give up more than one of their top-end prospects and the Cardinals don't have enough prospects to deal.

Expected return
The Astros want a big-league player to contribute immediately, two high-end prospects and another player. Considering the Diamondbacks didn't get anything near that for Haren, it seems like that's a bit much to ask for Oswalt and the rest of his contract.

What happens
Roy Oswalt is an Astro for the rest of 2010 and we go through this in 2011, as well. Oswalt is one win shy of setting the franchise record for pitching wins and is an icon in the city. If the Astros aren't overwhelmed by an offer, they'll hold on to him and what's left of the goodwill owner Drayton McLane and the team has in Houston.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 26, 2010 11:05 am
Edited on: July 26, 2010 1:09 pm

Yankees making a bid for Soria

Joakim Soria New York already has the best team in baseball, are the Yankees looking to add the best nickname in baseball?

Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated says the Yankees have made a "big proposal" for Royals closer Joakim Soria, "the Mexicutioner."

It would make sense for the Yankees, Joba Chamberlain hasn't exactly performed so well as the bridge to Mariano Rivera that people are trying to push the old man out the door. Soria has 27 saves so far this season, had 30 last year and 42 the season before. He has a career 1.007 WHIP and a 2.12 ERA, including a 2.25 ERA this season, striking out more than a batter an inning.

What's even more appealing is that he's under team control through 2014, so he can't just become a free agent and sign with the Yankees. If he's a Yankee, we can just go ahead to 2015 without all that pointless waiting.

However, that's exactly why the Yankees need to make a "big" proposal for Soria. The Royals actually have some talent on the farm and could contend for a .500 record in 2012 or 2013 -- and wouldn't have to worry about a closer.

Soria makes a bargain $4 million next season with club options for 2012 ($6 million), 2013 ($8 million) and 2014 ($8.75 million). None of those types of numbers would make the Yankees blink -- even for a middle reliever.

However, besides Jesus Montero, New York doesn't have impact players in their farm system. Catcher Austin Romine would be a good get for the Royals, but hardly the value the team needs for Soria. The Yankees were said to be dangling Ivan Nova, Zach McAllister and possibly Chamberlain for Dan Haren. A similar package may be enough to pry Soria from the Royals and make the Yankees even more of a favorite than they are today.

UPDATE: In an online chat, ESPN's Jayson Stark says the Yankees have at least discussed the possibility of sending Montero to Kansas City for Soria, which may be the only way this deal makes sense for the Royals -- unless the Yankees bring the Mets in to send Dayton Moore's crush, Jeff Francoeur,  to KC, which may not make baseball sense, but when has that stopped Moore? CoughAnkielCoughKendallCough

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 25, 2010 7:46 pm
Edited on: July 25, 2010 8:55 pm

Angels acquire Haren

Dan Haren Well, that was a shock.

One of the clubs thought to not have a chance at a high-profile acquisition because the upper minors were bare, the Angels, have made a splash by acquiring Dan Haren from the Diamondbacks.

The Angels got their next ace for Joe Saunders, Patrick Corbin, Rafael Rodriguez and a player to be named later, reports Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News .

Arizona sheds over $29 million of Haren's deal (his 2011 and 2012 salaries plus 2013 buyout of option). If the option is picked up by the Angels, the Angels will pay over $41 million, as Haren is due roughly $3 million the rest of the way.

Of course, Arizona sheds an ace as well. The Angels gain a 29-year-old who has a 4.60 ERA in 21 starts over 141 innings. He has struck out 141 -- leading the league -- and walked just 29.  Look past the 4.60 ERA -- his xFIP is 3.38, which belies his true value as a No. 1. Indeed, Haren finished fifth in the Cy Young race in 2009, posting a 3.14 ERA in 33 starts, leading the bigs with a 1.003 WHIP. There's no question he's a top-flight pitcher.

Haren will give the Angels a rotation of Jered Weaver-Haren-Joel Pineiro-Ervin Santana and then Trevor Bell currently in the five-spot. If Scott Kazmir can ever get right, he'd replace Bell.

Make no mistake, this trade is as much about 2010 (six games behind the Rangers) as the future. Haren can be controlled through 2013, and the Angels are still very much in "win-now" mode. This keeps them in contention.

Before we jump into the known properties of the Diamondbacks' haul for Haren, it should be known that unless the player to be named later is a top prospect, this deal seems more about getting out of Haren's deal than getting commensurate value.

Saunders is a former first-round pick of the Angels but at age 29 (nine months younger than Haren), has a career 4.29 ERA. Over five full seasons, the only time he's been under that is 2008's 3.41 showing. Other than that, he's got a career ERA hovering in the 4.50 range. He has a career K/9 of 5.1, BB/9 of 3 and then becomes eligible for arbitration a second time. He's simply filler -- and one getting expensive at that. As a left-hander still under 30, he has a shot to have a fine run as a middle-of-the-rotation starter, especially if the transition to the NL is as kind to him as it generally is for most AL-to-NL transitions.

The two other prospects in the deal didn't register on Baseball America 's top 10 organizational prospects, which is a bit startling. Corbin is a lefty who is working on a 3.88 ERA in high Class-A Rancho Cucamonga over 11 starts. The 21-year-old as of Monday made eight starts in mid Class-A as well. He's certainly projectable, but not much more than that. A scout believes that Corbin has a good shot at being a mid-rotation starter, says Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic.

Rodriguez is a middle reliever that will attempt to bring sanity to Arizona's bullpen. He broke in with a 5.58 ERA in 30 2/3 innings over 18 appearances in 2009. He's only pitched two innings in the bigs in 2010 as the 25-year-old has a 3.04 ERA in Triple-A over 50 1/3 innings. His ceiling is to be a solid middle reliever, which is unfortunately quite an upgrade for the D-Backs.

As for the player-to-be-named-later, there is good news. Piecoro adds that the PTBNL is a "top prospect." Never fear, it's not Mike Trout. Piecoro wonders if it could be Tyler Skaggs, who is ineligible to be traded until early August, once he fulfills his full year's service to the Angels. The Diamondbacks reportedly were hoping to draft Skaggs last year. It's certainly a logical argument.

Another prospect that Arizona might want to check in on is Fabio Martinez. He is eligible to be traded, but its possible Arizona wants to spend a bit more time evaluating players before swinging a deal. Martinez has a 3.73 ERA in mid-Class A but has punched out 12/4 batters per nine innings, which is great for a 20-year-old at that level. He has quite the control problems, but seems to have rapidly increasing potential.

Okay, so we've heard the word potential a couple times for Arizona. Corbin has potential. This unknown PTBNL might have potential. But there's not one single player headed back to Arizona that can truly be talked about with excitement. Don't you need someone like that when dealing one of the best pitchers in the game?

It's clear that in recent years, ace pitchers just don't have the same cachet. The Indians' haul for Lee was panned. The Phillies' haul for Lee was panned, and while the Mariners pried away Justin Smoak, the rest of the deal has been met with muted reaction. Even the Roy Halladay deal met with some shrugging of the shoulders in Toronto's return. It seems that the days of the Braves trading top prospects to the Rangers for Mark Teixeira are the days of yore -- while an ace pitcher will still bring a lot back, teams are far more cautious these days.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 24, 2010 12:48 pm

Latest on Haren

Dan Haren Yes, that's a photo of Dan Haren spitting suflower shells during Friday night's game. The way people are burning through Haren file art, expect to see photos of him grocery shopping and tying his shoes if this thing drags on much longer.

At any rate, rumors about Haren's imminent departure from Arizona abound today, most of them centering around the Yankees.

According to Twitter links from Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated, the Yankees and Diamondbacks seem to be haggling over who pays how much of the $33 million due Haren on the rest of his contract, and how the financial obligation affects what players move.

The Diamondbacks wanted the Yankees to take all of Haren's salary and send them a package that included Joba Chamberlain. That's not happening. They countered with, instead of Chamberlian, sending pitching prospects Ivan Nova, Zach McAllister and two others. And the Diamondbacks apparently are trying to unload Chad Qualls and Chris Snyder (who has at least $6.5 million left on his contract after this year) in the deal, but the Yankees have balked. Aaron Heilman also has been mentioned as a possible throw-in by Arizona.

A source tells the New York Daily News the Yankees want to make the deal, but "but not at all costs." Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic quotes D-backs CEO Derrick Hall as saying the Yankees are involved, but not necessarily the front-runner.

Bottom line: It seems a virtual certainty Haren will move, and the Diamondbacks are targeting pitching and holding out for the best deal.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 23, 2010 7:04 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:27 am

Report: Yankees close to landing Haren

Dan Haren The Yankees may add to their rotation after all, as the team is on the verge of landing Dan Haren, FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi report .

According to the report, the Diamondbacks are telling teams they are "in advanced negotiations with one club," citing major-league sources.

Among other interested teams based on several reports include the Dodgers, Tigers, Twins, Phillies and Cardinals.

Although the Yankees were dangling catching prospect Jesus Montero along with second baseman David Adams and right-hander Zach McAllister for the Mariners' Cliff Lee. The Diamondbacks would likely be looking for more pitching and it's unlikely Montero is available.

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.

UPDATE: Ed Price of FanHouse reports the Cardinals are out of the running for Haren, and FanHouse's Frankie Piliere tweets the Yankees' Ivan Nova is the key piece for the Diamondbacks in a trade with New York.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 22, 2010 9:17 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:39 am

Dodgers may be able to add payroll

Despite the nasty divorce of owner Frank McCourt that has been rumored to handcuff the Dodgers, the team may add to its payroll at the trade deadline, Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com reports .

The Dodgers are looking for pitching help and Jackson writes the team is "zeroing in" on Houston ace Roy Oswalt.

Jackson is one of several starters the team is interested in and made some initial contact about. The others are Ben Sheets, Dan Haren, Ted Lilly and Paul Maholm.

Jackson notes the team's more urgent need may be bullpen help. Toronto's Scott Downs and Jason Frasor have been "scouted heavily" by the Dodgers.

"Pitching continues to be our priority," Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said. "With Manny [Ramirez] going down and Reed Johnson still out, we might look at trying to shore up our outfield as well."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 22, 2010 8:09 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:27 am

Arizona needs 'A-plus' deal for Haren

Dan Harren 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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Posted on: July 22, 2010 6:00 pm

Haren market heating up

Dan Haren Reports were cropping up Thursday that numerous teams are in hot pursuit of Arizona right-hander Dan Haren. The Diamondbacks started the trading season saying they wouldn't move Haren unless they were bowled over by an offer, so apparently there's some bowling going on or Arizona is lowering its demands.

Nothing has been reported as being close, but ESPN's Buster Olney says it has reached the stage where names are being exchanged and the Tigers have serious interest. FOX Sports names the Yankees, Phillies, Cardinals and Twins as other Haren suitors.

One team official told ESPN's Jayson Stark that the Diamondbacks have backed off their initial high demands.

"They're starting to get more reasonable," the person 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."

Trading for Haren is a major commitment beyond just the players he would cost to acquire, as he's due at least $29 million on the remainder of his contract ($12.75 million in both the 2011 and 2012 seasons and a $3.5 million buyout for '13). And while he's been exceptionally durable and consistent in his career, Haren's 2010 numbers (7-8 with a 4.60 ERA) are less than eye-popping.

-- David Andriesen

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