LA Angels' Dan Haren Trade Was A Good One... But Not The RIGHT One

Ryan VanderYachtContributor IAugust 16, 2010

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 15:  Dan Haren #24 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches in the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Angel Stadium on August 15, 2010 in Anaheim, California. The Blue Jays defeated the Angels 4-1. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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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.

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Ryan VanderYacht is a feature columnist for LA Angels Insider.com