Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/3/12
The first thing to understand is that teams know their own players better than anyone else. So, when the Los Angeles Angels allowed right-hander Dan Haren to become a free agent Friday night after trading righty Ervin Santana two days before, club officials sent a clear message. In their view, neither Haren nor Santana would be a cost-efficient member of their rotation next season, not at a net price of $12 million each. Here's the problem: The Angels, after parting with Haren and Santana, have lost leverage with free-agent right-hander Zack Greinke, whom they badly need to re-sign. At the moment, the team's rotation consists of righty Jered Weaver, lefty C.J. Wilson and righties Garrett Richards and Jerome Williams. Not exactly a championship-caliber group. Greinke, 29, knows the Angels are in a near-desperate position. He also knows the Los Angeles Dodgers might top any offer to sign him, and that the Texas Rangers covet him, too. Granted, the free-agent market just opened...
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