|Posted by Zacharee Curtis on July 25, 2010 at 8:43 PM|
A three-time All-Star, Haren, was one of the most prized pitchers available as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches, has averaged 15 wins over the past five seasons and was tied for the National League lead with 141 strikeouts. He also had allowed more hits (161) than any other pitcher in the NL.
The Angels lead the majors this season in innings pitched. With 56 quality starts this season the Angels rank 3rd in the AL. "We really feel good about our starting five moving forward," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "This is a huge opportunity for us to upgrade not only now, but for the next couple of years. He's definitely a guy who has pitched in big games, has terrific stuff and he's a young veteran."
Saunders was stretching with his teammates before Sunday night's game against the first-place Texas Rangers when Mike Scioscia pulled him off the field to meet in his office with general manager Tony Reagins.
With this trade Haren goes to a team that is winning which will help his fantasy value going to a team that scores and wins. Haren will be a top 25 SP the rest of the season for the Angels. Haren goes back to the AL for the second time as he was there with Oakland Athletics before being dealt to Arizona. So needless to say Haren's fantasy value goes up and he will be a better SP in an organization that is committed to winning now and in the future.
By Zacharee Curtis