The Angels have acquired 29-year old righty starting pitcher Dan Haren from the D-Backs for 29-year old lefty startiner pitcher Joe Saunders, 21-year old lefty starter Patrick Corbin, 25-year old righty reliever Rafael Rodriguez and a player to be named later. Haren gives the Angels another quality workhorse for the top of the rotation. He has pitched in 21 games (all starts) for the D-Backs this year and he is 7-8 with a 4.60 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. He’s much better than he has pitched this season which is evidenced in his career stats. Haren has pitched in 217 games (208 starts) in his 8 years in the majors and he is 86-70 with a 3.71 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. Joe Saunders has been a solid pitcher for the Angels but he has not been to good this year. He has started 20 games for the Angels this year and he is 6-10 with a 4.62 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP. In his six years with the Angels, Saunders has pitched in 115 games (all starts) in which he was 54-32 with a 4.29 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. Patrick Corbin was the Angels’ #12 prospect heading into this season according to Baseball America. He has pitched in 20 games (all starts) in A-ball this year for the Angels and he is 13-3 with a 3.87 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. Corbin has now pitched in 33 games (32 starts) in his two years in the minors for the Angels and he was 17-5 with a 4.20 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. Rafael Rodriguez started this season as the Angels’ #22 prospect according to Baseball America. Rodriguez pitched in 37 games in AAA-ball for the Angels this year and he was 5-3 with 10 saves, a 3.04 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. He also pitched in 1 game in relief for the Angels this year and he was 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. Rodriguez pitched in 19 games (0 starts) in his two years for the Angels and he was 0-1 with a 5.51 ERA and a 1.81 WHIP. The player to be named later is expected to be one of the Angels’ top prospects. The Angels certainly paid a big price for Dan Haren but he’s a clear upgrade on Saunders and the Rangers are a pretty damn good baseball team so this was a deal the Angels had to make.
UPDATE: (7/26/2010) – The Angels will reportedly will send 19-year old lefty starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs to the D-Backs to complete this deal as the player to be named later. Skaggs was the Angels’ #8 rated prospect coming into this season according to Baseball America. Skaggs pitched in 24 games (16 starts) in his two years in Rookie+A-ball for the Angels and he was 8-4 with a 3.41 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.