Los Angeles Angels acquire starter Dan Haren from Arizona Diamondbacks
Dan Haren was traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for Joe Saunders and three other players.
The Los Angeles Angels, hoping to keep pace with the Texas Rangers over the last two months of the regular season, took a major step in doing just that by acquiring right-handed pitcher Dan Haren from the Arizona Diamondbacks for three pitchers and a player to be named later.
Haren, who is having an uncharacteristically rough season with the Diamondbacks (7-8 record, 4.60 ERA), will have the opportunity to help the Angels immediately, as his next start could come as early as Monday, when the Angels return home to face the Boston Red Sox.
The latest move by the Angels counteracts the move made by the rival Texas Rangers with their acquisition of Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee two weeks ago, and bolsters the Angels’ chances of keeping pace with Texas in the American League West division.
Haren, who started the 2007 All-Star game while with the Oakland Athletics, is a native of Monterey Park, California, so a coming home of sorts for the 29 year-old pitcher.
Haren is 86-70 with a 3.71 ERA in 217 games in his career, all but nine of those games coming as a starter.