Something to consider while we wait for Rafael Soriano to opt out…
The Angels are reportedly interested in trading both Dan Haren and Ervin Santana. Both have fairly expensive one-year options for next season, and that’s the reason the Angels are interested in getting rid of them. Picking up the options would mean paying more than they’re worth. Declining the options would mean losing players who still have value and getting nothing in return.
A trade would be good middle ground for the Angels.
Question is, would it be a good opportunity for the Yankees?
Clearly the Yankees need starting pitching, and both Haren and Santana have been good in the past (in the not so distant past, as a matter of fact). If the Angels are clearly looking to dump those contracts, then the prospect cost might not be especially high. Would the Yankees be better off with Haren or Santana under team control heading into next season?
Ken Rosenthal says it will be an “upset” if the Angels don’t trade at least one of them. Alden Gonzalez reports that there’s more of a market for Haren.