The Angels have several important decisions to make regarding potential free agents Torii Hunter, Dan Haren and Ervin Santana that could be delayed the Zack Greinke sweepstakes.
The Los Angeles Angels have several important decisions to make this offseason involving starting pitchers Dan Haren and Ervin Santana and outfielder Torii Hunter, but they won’t be able to make them until they know free agent-to-be Zack Greinke’s future, reports Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times:
"The pace we move forward with on Zack is going to be dictated by Zack and the market as it unfolds," Dipoto said. "And we're certainly interested in having Torii back, but it has to fit with what we're trying to do with the 25-man roster. We're not going to have that discerned in 10 days' time."
Hunter is set to become a free agent, while the Angels hold team options for Haren ($15.5 million) and Santana ($13 million) for the 2013 season. The team would like to re-sign Hunter, and they may also want to bring Haren or Santana back on short-term deals after buying out their current contracts if they are unable to come to an agreement with Greinke.
However, as the top free agent starting pitcher available Greinke’s decision could drag out well into the winter. By the time Greinke decides whether to re-sign with the Angels or move on, Hunter, Haren and Santana may all be off the market.