In a somewhat-surprising deal, the Arizona Diamondbacks ace was scooped up the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday afternoon. In return, the Angels will send starter Joe Saunders(notes), reliever Rafael Rodriguez(notes), minor league pitcher Patrick Corbin and an unnamed prospect to the desert.
Yes, that sound you heard was pitching-hungry contenders reluctantly crossing Haren's name off their wishlists while their fans wonder why their GMs couldn't have bested that underwhelming package. That other sound you heard was a yelp of glee from Haren, as the So Cal native former Pepperdine Wave will be heading home to pitch in front of friends and family.
We admittedly have to find out the identity of the prospect to be named later until we can judge the deal in full, but our own Jeff Passan tweets that it isn't promising outfielder Mike Trout, Los Angeles' top pick in the 2009 draft.
If Trout isn't the PTBNL, it would seem that Angels GM Tony Reagins got away with a steal on this one. Los Angeles can easily handle the $33 million that Haren is owed through 2013 and it's looking like Saunders will never turn into the top-of-the-rotation guy that Haren can be.
Haren's relatively disappointing season — 7-8, 4.60 ERA — undoubtedly helped Reagins pull off the trade for such a low price, as did Arizona's bleak financial situation. If you're a D'back, you can't be feeling good about your team's outlook for the next few seasons.
Meanwhile, Angels fans have to be happy with this one, even if it doesn't necessarily mean they'll make up the six games they need to catch the Texas Rangers in the AL West standings. After a disappointing offseason performance that was lowlighted by the signing of Hideki Matsui(notes), Reagins has acquired a new ace to anchor the Angels' rotation for years to come.