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The Cow wrote:First let me say it is nice to make a post NOT about the Sox or Yanks! Oh i just did, anyways... I hear a lot of people saying that they would rather give up less to get Haren than pay more to get Santana. I think we can all agree that Johan is the better pitcher. I think we can all agree that Haren is a fine pitcher in his own right. So why not go after Haren? Well Billy Beane is no dummy, he will pry some good prospects in return. But the real reason to NOT go after Haren is that Beane knows when to fold em or deal em. Look at some of these "aces" that Beane has traded or let walk. Tim Hudson, hardly the pitcher he was in Oakland. Mark Mulder, well he was a huge bust and finally Barry Zito, he looks to be a slightly above average pitcher at best. I think it is safe to say that Beane has more info on Haren than anyone on this board. So the fact that he is offering up a pitcher that is signed to a reasonable contract for the next 3 years is telling. Beane realizes that Haren's value will never be higher than it is now, so it is time to deal him. Unless of course his reason for wanting to deal Haren are because he has reason to believe that Haren is in line for an injury. To me Haren looks to good to be true. Haren appears to be fools gold. Why pay less for fools gold in terms of prospects. When you can get real gold, Santana, for a little more. This of course applies to the teams with big pockets. Teams with less revenue have 150 million reason why not to chase Santana.
kellythemick wrote:Have to agree with many of the writers stating that Beane is exploring the market rather than trying to unload Haren do to some impending injury or decline. Haren should remain a top option at SP for a number of years. Why not see what he will bring in return?
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