Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported that the Angels were looking to deal both Ervin Santana and Haren before having to decide upon picking up either players' option, the deadline for which is Friday.
As fans saw today, the Angels found a trade partner for Santana in Kansas City. The Royals sent the Halos a minor league southpaw in exchange for Santana.
Some might consider that a steal, and that same type of deal could very well be had for Haren.
Should the Angels decide to bring him back in 2013, Haren would be owed $15.5 million. However, his buyout is just $3.5 million.
The more likely scenario involves the team exercising his option and making a trade.
With Santana en route to Kansas City, one could assume that they're no longer "in" on Haren.
While he only posted a 12-13 record in 2012 with a 4.33 ERA and a 1.291 WHIP for Anaheim, that same pitching line, while noticeable a blemish on an otherwise fine career, still offers more wins than Clay Buchholz, Felix Doubront, Josh Beckett, Jon Lester or any combination of starters for the Red Sox in 2012.
Even scarier, his 4.33 ERA and 1.291 WHIP would have both led the team in 2012 as well.
In his career, Haren owns a 3.66 ERA and a 1.181 WHIP. He is a tested veteran would could very well help to change the culture in the clubhouse.
Haren could serve as a top of the rotation starter whom could compete to be the opening day starter on this roster. Adding a quality arm like his for $12 million in 2013 might be just what the Red Sox need.
The team could benefit from an Adrian Beltre-esque type of deal that affords Haren the opportunity to come to town, perform well, and look to cash in the following winter.
On the flip side, the Red Sox could very well get the best out of a pitcher looking to get a chip off of his shoulder.
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