Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 12/8/12
It's difficult to like what the Los Angeles Angels have done this offseason, particularly when they seem likely to lose free-agent right-hander Zack Greinke. I wrote recently about the different approaches of the two L.A. teams . But the Angels' starting-pitching choices may not be as illogical as they appear. I'm not saying I like them, mind you -- right-hander Tommy Hanson is a physical risk, righty Joe Blanton might get smoked in the AL, and losing Greinke just plain hurts. The other perspective, though, is this: Hanson, 26, and Blanton, 32, produced approximately the same performance last season as the two starters they will be replacing, righties Dan Haren, 32, and Ervin Santana, 30. And they will cost the Angels a lot less. Consider the comparison from 2012 in the chart to the right. Now consider the finances: Haren and Santana would have earned a combined $28.5 million next season if the team had exercised their club options. Hanson and Blanton likely will earn a combi...
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