Yeah, it’s a rumor, and not really a solid one, but hey…I can dream too!
Buster Olney reported today that there may be a surprise team in the Dan Haren lottery. Oh please, let it be true.
But there is an interesting sleeper in the Dan Haren sweepstakes: the Cleveland Indians, who clearly would have the prospects and the motive to finish a deal.
Cleveland is loaded with young starting pitchers who it could put in the deal, from Jeremy Sowers to Adam Miller to Aaron Laffey. And if the Indians become convinced that they are not going to be able to re-sign C.C. Sabathia, who is eligible for free agency after next season, they may view Haren as a low-cost replacement for Sabathia for 2009 and 2010 near the front of their rotation.
And with Haren in 2008, the Indians would field arguably the best rotation in the majors, assuming that Johan Santana doesn’t land with the Red Sox.
So how would that rotation look? How about the #2, #3 and #5 ranked pitchers in era in the American League? How about 3 guys who finished with better than 215 innings pitched? Sabathia, Haren, Carmona, and Westbrook would be as impressive a foursome as any in baseball. Even if the Red Sox land Santana.
So should the Indians make this move? I say absolutely. For precisely the reason Olney mentioned. This is C.C. insurance, and it allows them to compete with Detroit, Boston, and New York. Personally, I would sell out for this trade. Give them Cliff Lee and their choice of 2 players between Sowers, Laffey and Miller. Or see if they are interested in one of the spare outfielders. Why not? Let’s make a run at this thing!!!