The Los Angeles Angels are engaging in exploratory trade talks involving pitchers Dan Haren and Ervin Santana, CBS’ Jon Heyman reported on Monday.
From Heyman’s report:
The Los Angeles Angels have at least explored the possibility of trading starting pitchers Dan Haren and Ervin Santana before their options come due in a couple of days, executives with other teams said.
One competing executive suggested he believed it might be hard to trade either pitcher based on their sub-par seasons. There is also an expectation the Angels won’t exercise the pitchers’ options, which would make them free agents.
The Angels’ deadline to decide on the starters’ options is three days after the World Series. Haren’s option is for $15.5 million, while Santana’s is for $13 million.
Los Angeles would like to free up money to attempt to re-sign starter Zack Greinke, who headlines the free-agent starting pitcher class this offseason. Greinke was 15-5 with a 3.48 ERA this season. Contract numbers like five years and $120 million have been thrown out as possibilities for the 29-year-old.
This season, Haren was 12-13 with 4.33 ERA, while Santana went 9-13 with a 5.16 ERA.