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Thursday, November 1, 2012

IS DAN HAREN A YANKEE TARGET?

After trading Ervin Santana to the Kansas City Royals, it is reported by Jim Bowden, HERE , that the Angels are still looking to trade Dan Haren, and the Yankees are most likely in the mix. Haren does have an option of $15.5M that I’m sure the Yankees would have to pick up most of, if not all of, if they acquire him.

Haren is coming off a season in which he posted a 12-13 record with a 4.33 ERA. He failed to make 33 starts while failing to reach the 200 inning plateau for the first time since 2004. He also posted strikeout, walk, and home run rates of 7.2 K/9, 1.9 BB/9, and 1.4 HR/9, respectively. The strikeout rate is OK, the walk rate is fantastic, while the home run rate is a bit frightening.

I might be in the minority, but call me a skeptic. Haren, who is now 32 years old, has most likely already seen his best days. He also has had back troubles as he was placed on the 15-day DL for such problems this past season while having the same problems the year prior. Of course New York would have to trade for him, and that costs prospects, though I’m not sure exactly who. Not to mention, they’re only getting one year of Haren, and they would have to sign him beyond 2013. It’s not that I think Haren’s a bad pitcher, it’s just I don’t think he should be Plan A, but that might be moot if he gets traded today. Instead, the Yankees should be looking into signing 28 year old Anibal Sanchez, who won’t cost prospects, draft picks, and could be cheaper financially, but hey, that's just me!

If you want to see another piece on Dan Haren, BYB put together this piece a while back titled WHY THE DAN HAREN CHATTER WON'T GO AWAY.  It's from November 2011...Casey would love to see Haren in pinstripes. Let's see who's right about this one.



--Jesse Schindler, BYB Lead Staff Writer
Follow me on Twitter @SchindlerJesse


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