Rangers’ trade wis­dom might trump An­gels’

Teams will see if Lee or Haren works bet­ter

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

AR­LING­TON — Your move, Rangers. A lit­tle more than two weeks af­ter Texas stunned the base­ball world by out­gun­ning the Yan­kees and ac­quir­ing ace Cliff Lee from Seat­tle, the Rangers’ chief ri­val also trumped the free-spend­ing Yan­kees and got an equal­izer, land­ing Ari­zona ace Dan Haren on Sun­day.

At this rate, some ma­jor-league team is go­ing to waltz into Yan­kee Sta­dium and steal one of the mon­u­ments.

For now, the Rangers and Los An­ge­les An­gels are con­tent with steal­ing some of the de­fend­ing world cham­pion’s thun­der. And maybe more, come Oc­to­ber. Now


PHOENIX — Dan Haren was traded to the Los An­ge­les An­gels by the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs on Sun­day for left-han­der Joe Saun­ders and three other play­ers.

The D-backs also get right-han­der Rafael Ro­driguez; Sin­gle-A pitcher Pa­trick Corbin, a No. 2 draft pick in 2009; and a player to be named. Ac­cord­ing to the Ari­zona Re­pub­lic, that player is Sin­gle-A lefty Tyler Sk­aggs, one of the An­gels’ top prospects.

A three-time All-Star, Haren, 29, was one of the most prized pitch­ers avail­able as the July 31 trade dead­line ap­proaches. The An­gels are chas­ing the Rangers in the AL West.

“A top-of-the-ro­ta­tion guy that’s go­ing to help us not just this year but years down the road,” An­gels gen­eral man­ager Tony Rea­gins said. “The ad­di­tion of Dan gives us five guys that are re­ally tal­ented.”

Haren has av­er­aged 15 wins over the past five sea­sons and is 7-8 with a 4.60 ERA in 21 starts this year. He was tied for the NL lead with 141 strike­outs. In the sec­ond sea­son of a fouryear, $44.75 mil­lion con­tract, Haren is 86-70 with a 3.71 ERA for his ca­reer.

Saun­ders, 29, was 6-10 with a 4.62 ERA this year.


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