Red Sox after Dan Haren?

The Red Sox might be trading for Dan Haren.

This isn’t completely surprising to me, as I figured Boston would be in on Haren. They need a quality veteran pitcher who can help mentor the young up-and-comers, and the Sox have money to burn. If Haren has a successful season, he could bring back some nice assets at the trade deadline or in a draft pick after the year.

Fangraphs has a great breakdown of Haren’s season, which can give you an idea of what to expect from the righty moving forward.

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  1. Brian November 1, 2012 at 10:29 AM #

    I love this. Really hoping it happens. Its a 1 yr high dollars. Hoping the prospect cost isn't too high, but judging by the KC trade, its one solid prospect, nothing exceptional.

    • gerry November 1, 2012 at 1:28 PM #

      In actual cost after buyout, the Angels are giving up on Haren and a $12M contract. I wonder why? His back issues? I guess saving $12M is important on a team with Pujols and rising contracts. Will this allow them to keep K. Morales and others, or are they purging? It would be interesting aspect of the nature of change if Haren winds up costing less this year than Sanchez or Jackson.

  2. Hunter Golden November 2, 2012 at 2:37 AM #

    IMO, I'd send Aceves to LA. Trims a little money back for the Red Sox, gives the Angels a super-versatile arm and helps the Red Sox resolve the crowding issues they've got going on in their pen by getting rid of a guy who's clearly burnt out here. Seems like a natural fit to me.

  3. Walt in Maryland November 2, 2012 at 9:44 AM #

    Hope it happens too. This is exactly the kind of move the Sox should be making. They have the capacity to take on Haren's money, which the Angels are looking to shed. And, juding by the Santana deal with K.C., it shouldn't cost them a top prospect.

    The issue with Haren, of course, is the condition of his back. His velocity was down last year, but this guy is a terrific pitcher. As long as he's healthy, he'll be a great asset.

  4. Gerry November 3, 2012 at 3:29 PM #

    So, neither the Sox nor Cubs nor anyone else traded for, ostensibly, one of the best pitchers available on one of the best deals available. On the face of it Theo and Ben must be asleep, which is NOT the case, and he had already OK'd being traded so neither is that tbe case. Was it the medical data? If the Angels had accepted Marmol, then prospects weren't the problem either. The Angels have forfeited the $3.5M buyout and he is a FA who will want multiple years. Unless he will accept a one year pillow contract, that eliminates him from the Sox considering the potential of DLR, Webster, Hernandez, Wright, and those behind them. Too bad.