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 a...