Found October 30, 2012 on Fox Sports:
Be prepared for the Angels to make at least one trade this week. At this point, it will be an upset if they do not. The team, according to major-league sources, is aggressively trying to move right-handers Dan Haren and Ervin Santana before deciding on their respective -- and expensive -- club options for 2013. "I think they trade both guys," one rival executive said Tuesday. The Angels will not exercise Santana's $13 million option, one source said, and there is every indication that they will decline Haren's $15.5 million option as well. The deadlines for their decisions are Wednesday for Santana and Friday for Haren, according to the Los Angeles Times. Neither pitcher performed well enough in 2012 to warrant their respective option prices. However, a team that acquires Haren or Santana could seek to negotiate a longer deal at a lesser average salary. For Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto, the timing is critical. If Dipoto simply declines the options and allows Haren and Santana to become free agents, he will lose leverage in his negotiations with the one pitcher the Angels want to keep, right-hander Zack Greinke. Better that Dipoto should get a return for both Haren and Santana -- and perhaps an enhanced return if he includes cash in the trades, making the pitchers more appealing to low-revenue clubs. "I can't see Jerry getting pinned in a corner," said one executive familiar with the Angels' discussions. "I think he will act first instead of reacting later." The Royals, Twins, Blue Jays, Padres, Red Sox and Brewers are among the clubs seeking help for their rotations. Such teams might prefer to trade for a Haren or Santana, even on an inflated one-year deal, rather than sign a free agent. The scarcity of quality starters on the open market likely will lead to inflated free-agent prices, particularly with more money in the game due to baseball's new national television contracts. Then again, Dipoto is not operating in a vacuum. A number of teams already are engaged in serious trade discussions for starting pitchers, exploring options that are more appealing than Haren and Santana, rival executives say. Haren, 32, was 12-13 with a 4.33 ERA last season, suffered from lower back tightness and showed a decline in fastball velocity. Santana, who turns 30 on Dec. 12, was 9-13 with a 5.16 ERA and allowed a major-league leading 39 home runs. The Rays, seeking to add offense, are one club with better pitching to offer; their inventory of starters includes not just veterans such as right-hander James Shields and lefty David Price, but also younger, lower-priced pitchers such as righty Jeremy Hellickson and lefty Matt Moore. The Mariners, Diamondbacks and Braves are among the other clubs that could trade starting pitching, though the Mariners' most appealing chips are at the prospect level, and teams such as the Royals want pitchers who are major-league ready.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Did the Royals Trade for an Injured Pitcher in Ervin Santana?

Yesterday, the Kansas City Royals traded for pitcher Ervin Santana.  Santana had spent his entire career with the Los Angeles Angels up to this point and had seen equal amounts of success and failure. He was a main part of the Angels rotation in 2011 and threw a no-hitter.  Then, in 2012, something changed.  He regressed.  There was no apparent reason for the regression.  Now...

Ervin Santana traded to the Royals

The Kansas City Royals continued their quest to build a legitimate starting rotation on Wednesday by acquiring Ervin Santana from the Los Angeles Angels.  Santana endured the worst season of his career in 2012 when he posted an ERA over 5 and gave up a league high 38 homeruns.  However, Santana is a former all-star and has proven on more than one occasion that he's capable...

Kansas City Royals acquire Ervin Santana from Los Angeles Angels

Tweet     The Kansas City Royals need starting pitching help. The Los Angeles Angels had two whom they held pricey club options on for the 2013 season. Now, they have just one. Today the Angels sent 29-yeard old right-hander Ervin Santana to the Royals in exchange for left-handed pitcher Brandon Sisk and cash considerations. [...]

Cranking Up the Rumor Mill

First off, Darwin Barney is a "finalist" for a Gold Glove at second base...as if they dont' already know the winner. But they've decided to drum up interest by naming the top 3 or 4 at each position and then announcing the winner in a televised event on ESPN2 tomorrow. Holy overkill Batman! As for the rumor, it's that the Angels are trying to ditch Dan Haren...

Royals Bet on Ervin Santana, Inflation

The Angels had until today to decide whether to exercise Ervin Santana‘s $13 million option or pay him a $1 million buyout and make him a free agent. After a miserable 2012 season, it was pretty obvious that they weren’t interested in picking up the option, so today, they shipped him to Kansas City. The deal, as reported by Ken Rosenthal, is Santana and cash for LHP Brandon...

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 74: The Ervin Santana Trade, the Royals` Rotation, and the Pitching Market/Rick Hahn and the Future of Front Offices by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss what the Ervin Santana trade says about the Royals` rotation and the pitching market, then talk about what Rick Hahn`s ascension to the GM role in Chicago means for the future of front offices.

Royals acquire Ervin Santana from Royals, more hot stove notes

The Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles Angels made the first big trade of the MLB offseason Wednesday when the Royals acquired starting pitcher Ervin Santana from the Angels for minor league left-hander Brandon Sisk. The Royals also received $1 million dollars from the Angels who exercised the $13 million dollar option on Santana’s contract prior to the deal. The 29-year-old Santana...

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 72: How Many Members of the Angels` Rotation Will Be Back?/Predicting the First- and Last-Place Teams of 2013 by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss the decisions the Angels are about to make concerning Dan Haren and Ervin Santana and talk about what their 2013 rotation will look like, then predict 2013`s division/World Series winners and last-place teams.

TRADE ALERT: Ervin Santana sent to Kansas City

So maybe Ken Rosenthal knew what he was talking about after all when he predicted the Angels would make a trade this week.  As it turns out, one was made within 24 hours of his prediction as Rosenthal just broke the news that Ervin Santana has been traded to the Kansas City Royals. This news momentarily got Angel fans all aflutter with visions of Eric Hosmer and Greg Holland...
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.