The Los Angeles Angels have at least explored the possibility of trading starting pitchers Dan Haren and Ervin Santana before their options come due in a couple of days, executives with other teams said.
Haren has a $15.5 million team option with a $3.5 million buyout and Santana's team option is $13 million with a $1 million buyout. One thing hurting their trade value, as Heyman reports, is the team is expected to decline both options, making the veteran starters free agents.
Haren, 32, had the worst season of his career. He failed to pitch 200 innings for the first time since becoming a big league regular. A year after leading the league with 5.82 strikeout-to-walk ratio, he posted a 3.74 mark. He finished the season 12-13 with a 4.33 ERA and 1.29 WHIP.
Santana, just 29-years-old, also had a poor season. The eight-year veteran gave up a league-leading 39 home runs and posted a 5.16 ERA. His 5.63 FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching) was the worst among qualified starters.
The team has two more days to make a decision on both options.