It has long been rumoured that the Angels had little interest in exercising the options of Ervin Santana and Dan Haren. Santana has a $13 million club option for 2013 with a $1 million buyout. Instead of simply buying out his contract, the Angels decided to send the pitcher plus $1 million to the Royals for 27-year old minor league lefty reliever Brandon Sisk.
While the Angels were happy to take a warm body for Santana (Sisk wasn't even on the Royals' 40-man roster), they are likely looking for more than that for Haren. Dan Haren has a $15.5 million club option next season with a $3.5 million buyout. There is likely going to be a bit of a bidding war for the rights to Haren, which would raise the cost of the former All-Star somewhat. And to throw an extra bit of complication into things, he has a list of 8-12 teams to whom he can reject trades.
The Angels must decide on Harens' option by 9 pm this Friday.