With Bonds out of the picture, it will be easier for Beane to decide that an old-fashioned rebuilding is in order, putting All-Star Game starter Dan Haren in play for a possible blockbuster trade.
Haren (15-9, 3.07 in 34 starts) has been one of the American League’s most reliable starters in the three seasons since he was acquired from St. Louis for Mark Mulder. He is under Oakland’s control for three more years at the ridiculously affordable total of $16.25 million.
The Yankees and Red Sox are intrigued by his possible availability and would be willing to part with some very attractive youngsters to get him. That list includes the Yankees’ Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy and Boston’s Jon Lester and Michael Bowden, the pitching prospect from Waubonsie Valley High School.
I think many Yankees fans would be O.K. with Ian Kennedy for Dan Haren. But, Phil Hughes for Dan Haren? It would be interesting to see the reaction in Yankeeland if Cash & Hank pulled the trigger on that one.