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  1. Dan Haren changed his name to Martin Prado? Haren seemingly didn’t make the top 50 at all.

    Comment by Alex — July 16, 2010 @ 6:11 pm

  2. So you’re saying Kyle Kendrick, JA Happ, and some pen arms won’t get it done? And here I thought that asking price was so reasonable. Hell, I’d throw in Moyer and Blanton too, if that’s what it takes.

    Comment by Phillies Red — July 16, 2010 @ 6:13 pm

  3. Please. No one wants Jamie Moyer. Don’t insult the DBacks’ intelligence.

    Comment by Greg — July 16, 2010 @ 6:21 pm

  4. I’m betting against ZIPs. Lee would have to fall a long way not to beat Haren and Halladay.

    Comment by Gary York — July 16, 2010 @ 6:22 pm

  5. Dan Haren is worth more than those bums you lumped together. Time for the small market teams to stop giving up their legit stars for big market teams scraps and spare parts.

    Comment by Greg — July 16, 2010 @ 6:22 pm

  6. Uh Jack…I don’t see Haren at #47….nice link haha. You gotta get it together man, lol

    Comment by Josh — July 16, 2010 @ 6:25 pm

  7. Depends what “starting pitcher” means. If Porcello, Galarraga, and Perry is enough for them, that’s gonna get done. With the recent firing of Byrnes, I don’t think anyone really knows exactly what the FO is looking for right now.

    Comment by RPS — July 16, 2010 @ 6:41 pm

  8. Whoops, I was looking at a preliminary version.

    Comment by Jack Moore — July 16, 2010 @ 6:52 pm

  9. Thanks man, I got it together!

    Comment by Jack Moore — July 16, 2010 @ 6:53 pm

  10. Thanks for straightening me out, Greg. Can’t believe I could be so foolish.

    Comment by Phillies Red — July 16, 2010 @ 7:05 pm

  11. You’re welcome.

    Comment by Greg — July 16, 2010 @ 7:35 pm

  12. Oh man! Haren isn’t gettting traded? But, we need a big pitcher to be traded in order to spice up the trade deadline!

    Comment by The World Wide Leader In Sports(ESPN) — July 16, 2010 @ 9:14 pm

  13. Actually, ZIPS projects Cliff to finish with a 7.64 K/BB — Jack Moore was probably thinking NL-only and forgot to check.

    Comment by The Ancient Mariner — July 16, 2010 @ 9:46 pm

  14. Hey nothing to do with this post, but was anyone watching the Yankee game right now? Maddon goes to Wheeler and then Cormier with the game tied in the Bottom of the 9th inning?!?!?! Is Soriano hurt or something?

    Comment by DonCoburleone — July 16, 2010 @ 10:40 pm

  15. Hmmm… Last I checked, the Reds have 8-9 quality starters with none of them top of the rotation kind of guys. Giving up a couple of them plus some minor league relievers doesn’t sound too bad to me if they could get Haren for them.

    Comment by badenjr — July 16, 2010 @ 11:20 pm

  16. There we go Jack, good stuff. got it together..LOL….Haren not so untouchable tonight, The Dads are killing him.

    Comment by Josh — July 17, 2010 @ 12:25 am

  17. Padres killing his trade value so they can get him cheap.

    Comment by maestro876 — July 17, 2010 @ 12:28 am

  18. Is PHX really a ‘small market’ team? Last I checked something like 5 million people or something lived in the valley of the sun which I think makes it one of the larger metro areas in the country.

    Comment by allsnubteam — July 17, 2010 @ 1:23 am

  19. I want Jamie Moyer.

    Comment by Alex Anthopolous — July 17, 2010 @ 1:35 am

  20. Lots of teams have been trying to torch him and kill his trade value this year, in fact…

    Comment by Jason B — July 17, 2010 @ 2:19 am

  21. Just a quick note that Miguel Montero, not Chris Snyder, is the organization’s choice for catcher of the future. They tried their best to shop Snyder over the offseason, and I’d be surprised if he were still a D-Back next year.

    Comment by db90 — July 17, 2010 @ 4:11 am

  22. Exactly.

    “It seems to me that the ridicluous request of two starters and bullpen help is simply Arizona’s way of saying that Haren is untouchable.”

    Gee, I thought it was their way of issuing a confusing non-statement statement in order to make the news. So… two Russ Ortiz’s and some bullpen help… a 45-year-old bullpen catcher? That’ll get it done? Where do we sign? I hate these completely meaningless front office type statements, and the even more inane treatment the media reliably gives them, by assuming their own definitions.

    Comment by Mark — July 17, 2010 @ 6:22 am

  23. Two starters could mean two prospects capable of starting in a couple of years and if that is the case then their demands are no to much. I think they want a future frontline starter and a middle of the order starter along with a good relief prospect and that is not to much to ask for Haren.

    Comment by Warcard — July 17, 2010 @ 10:04 am

  24. except that the team can compete now if it had a bullpen, and the biggest reason it can compete is Dan Haren. The odds of any “front line” starter prospect turning into a front line MLB pitcher aren’t really that high.

    The Phoenix market is one of the bigger MLB markts that hasn’t been split among two teams. It’s considered a small market because ownership has small pocketbooks, small minds, and small ambitions. They just want to unload their most expensive players and staff the team cheaply so they have a 100% guarantee of not losing any money because they are 100% guaranteed to not spend any money.

    Comment by valuearb — July 17, 2010 @ 12:02 pm

  25. Carlos Marmol+Josh Vitters = Give us haren, plz

    Comment by Jeffrey Gross — July 17, 2010 @ 1:18 pm

  26. clearly that line was a joke

    Comment by Jeffrey Gross — July 17, 2010 @ 1:18 pm

  27. Seriously. I’d give up Homer, Maloney/LeCure, and Boxberger to get it done. With the rotation money freed up by letting Harang (and possibly Arroyo) walk after this season, I’d gladly take Haren’s salary in the budget.

    Jocketty knows him well, too.

    Comment by Geo — July 17, 2010 @ 1:25 pm

  28. I agree, but I don’t see the D-Backs taking that. We might have to include Wood/Leake instead of Maloney/LeCure and/or Donnie Joseph instead of Boxberger. I like it less under those terms, but I still think you have to seriously consider it.

    Comment by badenjr — July 17, 2010 @ 2:30 pm

  29. Was Chris Snyder really the second asset listed as the reason they can be good soon?

    Comment by Paul — July 18, 2010 @ 12:57 am

  30. Justin Upton had one season of 4.6 WAR and he’s a superstar? I realize he’s only 22, and might yet be that, but it’s a little early.

    Comment by Dan Greer — July 18, 2010 @ 10:36 am

  31. Haren demanding high talent may be true, but it remains to be seen if Arizona will be temped by a team offering to consume the majority, if not all of Haren’s salary.

    Comment by Andrew — July 18, 2010 @ 1:53 pm

  32. They can’t even sell out playoff games. Whether the market is big or not, I don’t think Arizona has tapped it very well.

    The D-Backs also have special problem that most teams don’t face: most of the people who live there and like baseball grew up rooting for someone else. The city is full of transplants and retirees that spent most of their life rooting for the Yankees, or Red Sox, or…. You get the point. In a city like Cincinatti, there are people who grew up with the team to create a loyal fanbase. Phoenix doesn’t provide that.

    Comment by philosofool — July 18, 2010 @ 3:02 pm

  33. Lee’s K/BB rest of season is 4.75. You’re looking at including his 1st half numbers, Jack is looking at just future projections.

    Comment by Wally — July 18, 2010 @ 3:53 pm

  34. HAREN IS A BACK OF ROTATION STARTER AT BEST FOR THE SECOND HALF.
    HE HAS A CAREER 4.26 ERA AND 1.32WHIP IN 580 INN POST ALLSTAR.

    NO TEAM WILL TAKE HIS SALARY FOR THAT KIND OF PRODUCTION.

    Comment by eliasll — July 18, 2010 @ 8:17 pm

  35. LEAGUE AVERAGE ERA WAS 4.43 LAST YEAR, MAKING A 4.26 ERA A SOLID STARTER ERA, GIVEN THE AVERAGE MLB STARTER HAS AN ERA SLIGHTLY ABOVE LEAGUE AVERAGE. A BIG MAJORITY (57%) OF HIS INNINGS HAVE PRODUCED A 3.29 ERA IN GAMES CLASSIFIED AS FIRST HALF AND HIS 2ND HALF ERA IS BIASED BY CONTAINING ALMOST ALL OF THE INNINGS IN HIS 5.08 ERA ROOKIE SEASON. ONLY A GM TOO DUMB TO KNOW WHAT A CAPS LOCK KEY IS WOULD PASS ON ADDING A GUY WHO HAS AVERAGED A 138 ERA+ OVER HIS LAST 4 YEARS, ONE OF THE BEST IN BASEBALL.

    Comment by valuearb — July 19, 2010 @ 12:39 am

  36. Justin’s WAR ranks as the 15th best for a player 21 or younger since 1901, just ahead of A-Rod, DiMaggio, and Cal Ripken Jr.

    Comment by valuearb — July 19, 2010 @ 12:54 am

  37. Sure, I understand that his 2009 puts him in historically rare company, but he was only 35th in WAR for the season played. One season at that level does not in my mind equal a superstar.

    His projections on the other hand, are off the charts for future and career value; I’m just saying that he isn’t there yet.

    Comment by Dan Greer — July 19, 2010 @ 2:36 am

  38. YEAH~!!!!!!!!!@@po89UW3

    Comment by Matt Murton — July 19, 2010 @ 3:38 am

  39. This is literally the perfect forum for this question.

    Comment by Felonius_Monk — July 19, 2010 @ 8:51 am

  40. Your point is valid, but 35th out of 240 MLB starters is still a very solid, very near an all-star level performer. I’d think a superstar would have to be in the top 2 or 3 at his position, and Justin was 6th in Right Field. But I don’t think Jack is over-anticipating by using that language, if Justin improves just slightly, say from a 4.6 WAR to a 5.5 WAR, for his peak years, he’ll be one of the top two best RF every year for a long time.

    Comment by valuearb — July 19, 2010 @ 4:59 pm

  41. YES, THAT IS SUCH AN EXCELLENT WAY TO USE SPLITS.

    Comment by Nathaniel Dawson — July 19, 2010 @ 5:50 pm

  42. “Arizona wants “two starting pitchers plus bullpen help” back for the ace. That’s a pretty staggering asking price, and one that probably precludes any team actually completing a trade for Haren.”

    You’re underestimating stupidity. The Giants gave that up for A.J. Pierzynski.

    Comment by matt — July 20, 2010 @ 10:05 am

  43. What do you attribute Haren’s struggles after the all-star break last year to? His FB velocity has gone down in the past few years and he really looked like he wore down last year.

    Comment by Jim — July 23, 2010 @ 4:47 pm

  44. Dan Haren….untouchable indeed. Two starters: Saunders and Corbin. Bullpen help: Rafael Rodriguez. Oh dear.

    From the looks of this, the Royals could’ve gotten Haren. Send over a package of Bannister, Bruce Chen, and the Fresh Prince…voila!

    Comment by Jake — July 25, 2010 @ 7:45 pm

  45. My comment above (“Mark” at July 17, 2010 at 6:22 am) rings prophetic now. This is just a staggering haul for Haren, right? I mean, it’s all about how many major league pitchers you get. And they got TWO for ONE. That’s like a win, right?

    Way to go, Jerry. Jeez.

    Comment by BuzzingThalami — July 26, 2010 @ 12:36 am

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