posted at 10/31/2012 3:12 PM EDT
In response to rkarp's comment:
I agree with Joe. I am intrigued with Trumbo, but at what cost? I am on the Trumbo "needs to do it again" band wagon
I saw an interesting article on Haren, that the Angels would pick up the option, for $15m, and then turn around and trade him sending along $3.5M. Could the RS entice the Angels with prospects for Haren and Trumbo?
I like Haren in a trade more than a FA.
1-If LA is going to let him go, they have no bargaining position. Let them pay the $3.5M and give them a B-level prospect.
2-This means we only have a one-year commitment for $12M. This ties in well with the timeline of our other prospects.
3-And he the incentive to perform well.
4-He still had a respectable 2012, with a 4.33, and a 3.74 K/W. And he finished strongly in his last 13 starts with a 56/14 K/W. In his last 9 starts, he had a Lee-esque 42/5 K/W.
4-If he does perform well, this gives us the option of making him a qualifying offer after 2013.
The absolute downside if his arm falls off in ST, is $12M. Virtually every other pitcher will have more downside.