Pitching Ace Dan Haren Would Waive His No-Trade Clause With Arizona Diamondbacks for Right Team
Dan Haren could be on his way out of town by July 31, the MLB's trade deadline.
According to Fox Sports Arizona, Haren would be willing to waive his partial no-trade clause if the deal was presented.
Haren has a clause in his contract that allows him to cancel trades to 12 teams this year and eight teams next season.
Now, before all you D-Backs fans get all upset that the team's best player will be shipped out of town tomorrow, the D-Backs have to strike a deal of which Haren would approve.
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There are plenty of teams that could use Haren's services in the final few months of the season to make a playoff push or even a deep run in the postseason.
Here are some of them:
Yankees - Yes, even with the best record in baseball the Yanks desperately need Haren, as Andy Pettitte and A.J. Burnett are banged up. In Haren, the Yanks would get a workhorse who is also known for strikeouts. The clear ace of the D-Backs staff, Haren would provide New York with a solid number-two option behind CC Sabathia.
Braves - The surprise leaders of the NL East are looking to send Bobby Cox out a winner in his final season. Adding another quality arm would probably give them the depth they need. It's hard to believe Atlanta has only won a single World Series title in Cox's tenure, but their chances would improve greatly with Haren.
Reds - Maybe one of the biggest surprises in all of baseball, the Reds are just half a game out of first in the NL Central. Their offense isn't a problem with mashers like Joey Votto and Scott Rolen. Like the Braves, however, they could use another arm to help them down the stretch toward October.
Dodgers - A rival to the D-Backs in the NL West, the Dodgers currently sit six games behind the Padres for the division lead. For a team that's been in the postseason the past two years, it's time to crank up the effort. A pitching trio of Chad Billingsley, Clayton Kershaw, and Haren would be lethal come autumn.
Mets - The D-Backs have a chance to sweep the Mets tonight. Anytime that happens, you need some help. New York will get a good look at Haren as he pitches tonight. If they like what they see, they could pull the strings for a deal.
Twins - Considered the frontrunners for Cliff Lee, the Twins may now turn their focus to Haren. The Twinkies are three and a hal games out in a heated three-way race in the AL Central and could use Haren to bolster their depth. Offense isn't a problem for this team as they have Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau.
Ultimately, the decision comes down to whether Haren waives his partial no-trade clause.
"I was born and raised on the West Coast... obviously staying on the West Coast would be nice. If I went to the east, if a trade came with a team on my no-trade [list], I would have to consider it," Haren told Fox Sports Arizona.
What do you think? Will Dan Haren be an Arizona Diamondback on August 1?
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