On Wednesday the Los Angeles Angels didn’t waste any time with their off-season plans as they traded right-handed starting pitcher Ervin Santana to the Kansas City Royals for minor league prospect Brandon Sisk.
Now, there are rumors that the Angels are shopping another one of their starting pitchers from this past season, right-hander Dan Haren and they have a few teams who are interested in Haren’s services. Those teams include the likes of the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox who both need tremendous amounts of help within their starting rotations.
Last season Santana went 9-13 with an inflated 5.16 ERA and allowed a major league worst 39 home runs in 2012 which is why the Angels decided to pick his $13 million option for the season and then trade him away for just a prospect. Sisk isn’t the greatest of prospects either; during his five-year minor league career the left-handed hurler has recorded a 20-18 record with an ERA of 2.59 and saved 42 games in 198 appearances.
The Angels may also pick up Haren’s $15.5 million option and then ship him off to one of those two possible destinations, but the team must act quickly because they only have until midnight Friday to decide whether to pick up the option or buy Haren out for $3.5million. Haren is also coming off of a sub .500 season, going 12-13 with a 4.33 ERA and 142 strikeouts in 2012.
The Angels missed the postseason this past year after spending almost over $330 million last off-season on just two players (Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson) and watching arguably the greatest rookie season in baseball history out of Mike Trout; Los Angeles’ GM Jerry Dipoto knew that changes needed to be made and he is obviously wasting no time in doing so.
Stay tuned with over three months to go before pitchers and catchers report to spring training Dipoto and the Angels could have a slew of moves awaiting for us to watch unfold.