The popular sentiment amongst fans and sports writers is that the Angels really made out in the Dan Haren trade. They acquired an All-Star caliber pitcher, and the best one on the market since Cliff Lee added Texas to his inexplicably long list of organizations. In exchange, they gave up a solid pitcher in Joe Saunders, who was having an off year, as well as a youngster in Tyler Skaggs who has some potential. In acquiring Haren the Angels also avoided a "rental player", because they have Dan under contract through 2012 (with a club option for 2013). Last, and certainly not least, they acquired a player who really WANTED to be an Angel (the value of that is sometimes understated).
The sports writers and fans have it right: the Angels seemed to really make a great trade in acquiring Haren. They did not give up a ton in return (as sorry as I was to see Saunders leave), and they got an ace pitcher to complement Weaver whom they do not need to worry about signing in the off-season.
But for the 2010 LA Angels squad, make no mistake: this is a good trade... but not the RIGHT trade.
Ryan VanderYacht is a feature columnist for LA Angels Insider.com