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Coup, Coup’s Nest

Posted By Alex Belth On July 26, 2010 @ 8:31 am In Bronx Banter | Comments Disabled

Over at SI.com, Joe Sheehan thinks the Angels did a great job getting Dan Haren [1]:

Striking out of the blue, Angels GM Tony Reagins completed a trade that not only makes his team better over the next 10 weeks, but better over the next three seasons. By acquiring Dan Haren from the Diamondbacks without giving up any top prospects, Reagins set a high bar for his fellow GMs in the runup to the trade deadline, buying low on one of the game’s top starting pitchers.

…Based on their underlying skills, Haren should allow about 20-23 fewer runs down the stretch than Saunders would have, while also taking a handful of innings away from the bullpen. At the standard estimate of 10 runs gained or saved equalling one win, he makes the Angels two wins better. Essentially, this trade matches what the Rangers did in adding Cliff Lee; and in a race that could well be decided on the season’s final weekend, adding two to three wins is a huge improvement.

The Yanks are still in the market for bullpen help as well as a hitter to come off the bench.

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[1] Joe Sheehan thinks the Angels did a great job getting Dan Haren: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/joe_sheehan/07/25/haren.dbacks.angels/index.html

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