Angels Land Dan Haren From Diamondbacks

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Pat Corbin Analysis

The Dan Haren trade netted Arizona a rising star of the Angels minor league system. Preseason, Ryan Ghan, the minor league analyst for SBN’s Angels blog Halos Heaven, ranked pitcher Pat Corbin as the #22 Angels prospect.

A highlight from that link:

Win-the-Lottery-Ceiling: Corbin has the potential to package a plus fastball with Joe Saunders-caliber offspeed stuff and groundball tendencies. With three promising pitches, he profiles as a mid to back of the rotation starter down the road, but is still a long, long ways away.

In a recent Halos Heaven midseason revisiting of his preseason rankings, rghan had praise for Corbin:

Corbin is currently the ace of the Rancho Cucamonga staff. His stuff is intriguing: he has a high 80's to low 90's fastball, a slurvy breaking ball, and the makings of a superb change-up. He's a very good athlete, and his ability to maintain his command - by "fixing himself on the go," according to Abe Flores - could set him apart as a mid rotation candidate down the road. Best of all, he's still listed as 6'3", 165 lbs, so he has plenty more projection left in him. He turned 21 while pitching a rare stinker Monday night.

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Could Tyler Skaggs Be Player To Be Named Later?

The key to the Dan Haren trade just might be the player to be named later. Neither Patrick Corbin nor Rafael Rodriguez were among the Angels Top 10 prospects per Baseball America.

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic tweeted from the Arizona perspective:

Told the player to be named in the deal is a top prospect….

Not going to be Mike Trout. Dbacks have a list to pick. Not sure when they have to decide.

The 18-year old Trout was named as the second best prospect in baseball by Baseball America in their midseason report earlier this month.

Dan Woike of the Orange County Register speculated:

Sources say LHP Tyler Skaggs, the #Angels 2009 supp. 1st-rounder, is a strong candidate to be player to be named later

#Angels can’t trade Skaggs until Aug. 7. That would make the trade more even, but Angels still seem to have gotten the better of it.

Trout, who turned 19 on July 13, is 8-4 with a 3.61 ERA in 19 games, including 14 starts, with Class A Cedar Rapids this season.

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Angels Land Dan Haren From Diamondbacks

The Angels made a big splash less than one week from the trade deadline, acquiring starting pitcher Dan Haren from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Per the Diamondbacks Twitter feed:

#Dbacks trade RHP Dan Haren to Angels for LHP Joe Saunders, LHP Patrick Corbin, RHP Rafael Rodriguez and player to be named

Haren is 7-8 with a 4.60 ERA for Arizona this season, though his peripheral numbers (3.91 FIP, 3.38 xFIP) are right in line with his career numbers.

Per Cot's Contracts, Haren is owed $12.75 million in both 2011 and 2012, with a $15.5 million club option for 2013, or a $3.5 million buyout. With 70 days remaining this season, the Angels will owe about $3,155,738 of his $8.25 million salary this season.

Saunders was arbitration eligible for the first time this season, and his 2010 salary is $3.7 million. Arizona will be responsible for $1,415,301, meaning the net addition in salary this year for the Angels in this transaction is approximately $1,740,437.

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