DBacks Take a Dump with Haren Trade
There are times when teams make trades for the benefit of each other..one team needs an infielder, another needs a lefty pitcher.
There are times when teams make trades for the benefit of each other, with one team benefitting today, and the other two, three years down the road.
Maybe Team A has a guy in his walk year, and Team B is needing a presence in the lineup to possibly give them the boost they need for the postseason with some prospects to spare.
Then there are those deals where Team A is desperate to relieve itself of financial obligations and will give up it’s lunch to the playground bully because a one time ass-kickin’ is better than long time abuse.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are the wimpy kid and the Los Angeles Angels the school yard bully.
Let’s not kid ourselves here.
The Haren trade was a salary dump.
A fly ball pitcher in Chase Field?
Better notify NASA and let them know the increase in flying objects are nothing to be concerned with, they’re just baseballs flying around the Arizona desert.
Two A ball pitchers?
Considering the Yankees offered a major league pitcher (Joba Chamberlain) and TWO Double A pitchers, I have a hard time believing this was the best offer the DBacks had.
This was about the first team willing to take on the remaining money on Haren’s contract.
Nothing more, nothing less.
The Yankees could have offered Jesus Montero and the Phillies Domonic Brown, but the Dbacks would have said no if they were stuck with $1 of Haren’s deal.
Sure, they, in all likelihood, ran the trade scenarios by Haren himself before making the final decision.
He’s an eight year major league veteran with an impressive career resume, he deserves as much.
But why is he an Angel, with a small chance of making the postseason, instead of a Yankee or Phillie, with a much bigger postseason possibility?
Because deep pockets owner Arte Moreno, (who lives in Phoenix, by the way) agreed to pick up ALL of Haren’s remaining contract.
So, for the Dbacks, it isn’t at all about who they got back, or even who they traded.
It’s about what they traded.
Sure, Haren’s a veteran player with an impressive resume, and who has a partial (12 teams) no trade clause in his contract. He CAN’T be traded without his approval.
Baseball is a close-knot brotherhood. Even if Haren had a no trade, the Dbacks would have done everything they could to accommodate him and his wishes. He indicated a preference to remain on the West Coast, what with a young child and all. It’s alot easier to move in the off-season than during the season.
So, it’s about getting rid of the contract.
I mean when you really look at it, Haren wouldn’t make any difference in the Yankees postseason hopes. And with the Angels seven games out starting today, he’s not making any difference in the playoff chances, either.
With three years left on his deal and anywhere from $28 million to $41 million (depending on the 2013 club option), and with their much publicized financial and front office issues staring them in the face, the Dbacks had no choice but to make the deal.
News broke today about the Washington Nationals having interest in pitcher Edwin Jackson, who the Dbacks picked up this past off-season and is signed through 2011 with about ten million remaining on his contract.
What is coming back to the Dbacks?
Minor league “prospects”.
Teams have expressed interest in first baseman Adam LaRoche, catcher Chris Snyder and shortstop Stephen Drew, among others. The Dbacks would love nothing more than to shed themselves of relievers Chad Qualls and Juan Gutierrez and second baseman Kelly Johnson.
None of these players have the trade value of Dan Haren, but the reason they are all on the block is the same.
It’s not what you get back, it’s what you get rid of.
And it’s not the human factor.
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