There are many reports coming out today how the Angels are out on Zack Greinke. First, I wouldn’t count them out until his contract is signed sealed and delivered with another team, whether its the Los Angeles Dodgers or Texas Rangers or whoever. But, the Angels are going to need a contigancy plan if Greinke leaves. If Greinke gets crazy money, it means that Anibal Sanchez and Kyle Lohse will as well, so I’m leaving them off this list. Here are some names to watch.
Dan Haren- Yes, you read that right. Just because they declined that option, doesn’t mean they can’t bring him back for a reduced rate on a one or two year deal. Haren’s been with the team so there is no adjusting period. There’s apparently concern about his hip, which is why the cost for him might come down a little bit.
Edwin Jackson- He’s been everywhere, and he could be a nice one or two year stop gap if he doesn’t get a bigger offer from another team. Jackson is inconsistent and walks too many people at times, but maybe the Angels can get through to him. His record with the Nationals probably should’ve been better, however, the bullpen blew some leads for him.
Joe Blanton- The guy was better than you think last year. He’s pitched in the AL with success in Oakland. The Angels ballpark is fair to pitchers which could help him as well.
Is this ideal? No, however, one or both could potentially be lightning in a bottle for a team in need of some pitching, and may not be able to trade for one.