A month ago, Angels pitcher Dan Haren saw his career heading in one of two very distinct directions.
"Going into the off-season," the 32-year-old right-hander said in an email Thursday, "I thought I was going to be a free agent or come back to the Angels."
Most likely, neither will happen. The Angels are actively shopping Haren in hopes of netting some kind of return in a trade before he becomes a free agent. Several teams, including the Boston Red Sox, are believed to be interested.
The Angels are also aggressively seeking to trade underachieving and overpaid outfielder Vernon Wells, who is owed 42 million over the next two years, in hopes of clearing payroll to re-sign free-agent right fielder Torii Hunter.
The Angels must decide by Friday whether to make a 13.3-million "qualifying offer" to Hunter, who hit .313 with 16 home runs and 92 runs batted in last season. Such an offer wouldn't guarantee Hunter's return, but would net the Angels draft-pick compensation if he signs els...