Yes, the Diamondbacks sold Haren for a handful of magic beans and lottery tickets, but you have to consider that Haren had a no-trade clause blocking at least 12 teams, and he was pretty adamant that he wanted to play on the west coast. Seeing as how LAD, SD and SF are all in the NL West with Arizona , that probably didn't leave too many options for DiPoto. Seattle are selling not buying, and Oakland definitely couldn't afford 12+12+15 without Arizona chipping in some cash - which wasn't happening. Oakland were also probably a non-starter because of the embarrassment factor of trading back where he came from after Billy pillaged their farm.
So the Angels realised all this and took advantage.
Obviously the D'Backs' backwards ownership had a hand in this, because seriously who WANTS to receive Saunders (and pay him)?
mrmarley wrote:Wow, talk about selling low. Made worse by the fact that they traded these 6 guys to get less than three years ago:
Pitchers Brett Anderson, Dana Eveland and Greg Smith; infielder Chris Carter; and outfielders Aaron Cunningham and Carlos Gonzalez.