Rangers’ trade wisdom might trump Angels’
Teams will see if Lee or Haren works better
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
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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.