So Dan Haren was traded to a team that's not the Cardinals. A team that's the Angels, even.â†µ
I love Dan Haren, and I hated—always hated, even back when hating it was underground—the trade that sent Mark Mulder to the Cardinals. But Haren is signed to a contract that, while cheap, looks a lot like the one the Cardinals were unlucky enough to give Kyle Lohse right before their investments in subprime mortgages fell through. They've got to pay Albert Pujols year-after-next; everything they do between now and then is connected to that.
But the Cardinals wouldn't have had as much trouble affording the prospect cost of acquiring the Diamondbacks' ace as I'd expected. The Angels offered Joe Saunders, a cheap, average-ish starter with nice win-loss records; Rafael Rodriguez, an unimpressive relief prospect; Patrick Corbin, a fast-moving but low-minors starter; and a player to be named later, who is hopefully a better prospect than either of these guys.â†µ
If the Cardinals were going to move on a pitcher, knowing what we do now about what the Diamondbacks were asking, it should have been Haren. But anybody would be a tough sell with the Cardinals' highest-paid player receiving a blank check.â†µ