News broke last week that Angels pitcher Dan Haren will most likely hit the open market this winter; it’s rumored that the Angels are planning on declining Haren’s option after the season.
Haren will be one of the top pitchers on the open market, behind teammate Zack Greinke. The question is:What is Haren worth on the open market?First, let’s look at what Haren has done over his career.
Haren, drafted by the Cardinals in the second round of the 2002 draft, has seen a lot of ups and very few downs during his career. After breaking in with the Cardinals in 2003, Haren bounced between Triple A and the Majors for 2 years, while also bouncing between the rotation and the bullpen. I’d be willing to argue that he was the Cardinals best pitcher in the 2004 World Series, even though he didn’t start a single game.
After the 2004 season, Haren was traded with Daric Barton and Kiko Calero to the A’s for Mark Mulder. Haren got his chance to start and took advantage of it; he was 14-12 with a 3.7...