Cubs, Red Sox among teams in on Haren talks as option deadline approaches

The Red Sox and Cubs are among a few teams talking to the Angels about Dan Haren, who could be traded in advance of an option that is coming due.

The Angels are exploring trades for Haren, whose $15.5-million option, with a $3.5-million buyout, is due today.

The Red Sox have been known to be seeking a deal for Haren, but the Cubs are a new team. There are said to be others, as well.

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The Cubs are an interesting entry in that they don't look like a likely 2013 contender. However, they have said they seek veteran pitching to help lead their staff. It was reported they may have interest in bringing back Ryan Dempster, who never wanted to leave.

Haren expects to be dealt somewhere today. The Angels seem inclined not to pick up his option if they can't find a suitable trade, as their focus is on re-signing free agent pitcher Zack Greinke. There is nothing to prevent them from picking up Haren's option, and trading him later, but it seems more likely they will either trade him, or decline the option.

The other possibility is the Angels could make Haren a qualifying offer of $13.3-million by today's deadline, but that seems unlikely since they'd still be responsible for the $3.5-million buyout, making that route even more expensive.

Haren told the Los Angeles Times he expects to be traded. It was reported in this space three days ago that the Angels were exploring trades for both Haren and Ervin Santana.

Angels GM Jerry Dipoto was able to trade Santana, who had a $13-million option, to the Royals. Haren, who was 12-13 with a 4.33 ERA, would seem to have a better market, despite a slightly higher option price and a back issue, which he pitched through.

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