The Los Angeles Angels are battling for a postseason berth in the American League, still two games behind the Oakland A's for the second and final playoff spot. The Halos have struggled through various spurts this season—including a 6-14 start—that put them in this position.
They can also look at the up-and-down seasons of two of their starting pitchers—Dan Haren and Ervin Santana.
While both have thrown well of late—Haren with a 2.45 ERA in his last six starts, Santana a 2.49 ERA in his last seven—their seasons will clearly be looked at as disappointing.
Gonzalez was told by a club official that the team's preference is to sign Zack Greinke long term. To do that, Haren and Santana would become the sacrificial lambs.
Haren has a $15.5 million option with a $3.5 million buyout, Santana a $13 million option with a $1 million buyout.
If both options are declined, it would change the landscape of the free-agent market considerably.
Who are the teams that would be salivating over the thought off adding Haren and/or Santana?
Let's take a look.