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Should the Angels Let Dan Haren and Ervin Santana Go?

ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 03:  Dan Haren #24 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim throws a pitch against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 3, 2012 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Michael NargiSenior Analyst IOctober 29, 2012

The L.A. Angels currently have the decision of whether or not to shop 40-percent of their rotation. Dan Haren and Ervin Santana's fates for next season are in the clubs hands at the current time. Both players have been rumored to have been shopped by the Angels, while L.A. decides whether or not they are willing to pick up the options on both players, according to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman.

The Angels, who made a splash in last season's free agent market, might have a big say in what happens in this offseason. The Angels own the options on Haren and Santana, two pitchers who have struck out more than 200 batters in a season before. Heyman reports that the Angels are "believed to want to sign their own star free-agent starter Zack Greinke."

Trading the two pitchers or not picking up their options will allow for some extra money to put towards Greinke.

The Angels have until three days after the World Series to decide on the options of the two players.

It would appear that maybe it is indeed time for the Angels to move on from Santana and Haren. This season did not play out as either would have wanted.

Haren finished 2012 with a 12-13 record while pitching to a 4.33 ERA. Santana finished with a 5.16 ERA and a 9-13 record. Haren's $15.5 million option along with Santana's $13 million option seem to be a steep price to pay for mediocrity. 

Haren would be the likeliest of the two to stay in L.A. since he has proven that he can be one of the games best pitchers. It is encouraging for Haren and Santana however, considering their numbers after the All-Star break.

Haren went 6-5 after the All-Star break, with a .243 BAA and a 3.58 ERA, both numbers substantially lower than before the All-Star break, .297 and 4.86 respectively.

Santana lowered his ERA from 5.75 to 4.34 and his average against from .249 to .225.

The bottom line is that the money is still a bit too much for Santana however. He is a pitcher that might benefit from a change of scenery, as he has spent his whole career in L.A. Not to mention, the salary they save on Santana might allow the Angels to spend more on Greinke, which would be a huge step in the success of the ballclub going into next season.

Santana, although only 29 years old, appears to have stretches of time in which he looks like an above average pitcher, and other times in which he appears to be one of the worst in the game. Haren, although a bit older at 32, has shown the ability to be a solid part of the staff. This season might have been the result of pitching over 235 innings in each of the past two regular seasons. 

If Haren can remain healthy in 2013, it would benefit the Angels to have him on their roster as they try to pursue an AL West crown.

The club has the option to buy out Santana for $1 million and Haren for $3.5 million.

 

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