Diamondbacks right-hander Dan Haren tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he wouldn’t mind returning to the Cardinals in a trade, but he adds he isn’t asking out of Arizona.
"I’ve always said I’d like to play here again," Haren tells the P-D’s Rick Hummel. "It’s not a situation where I’m asking to be traded. … I’m sure it will get crazy come July 31." The Diamondbacks completed a three-game series in St. Louis on Wednesday. Haren pitched eight innings in the middle game Tuesday.
St. Louis traded Haren to the A’s in 2004 as part of the Mark Mulder deal, and Oakland flipped him to Arizona three years later. Now Haren is a valuable trade chip for the Diamondbacks, and the Redbirds are among the teams reportedly expressing interest.
A deal likely would be costly in terms of prospects, and certainly expensive in terms of salary. Haren is making $8.5 million this season and is due $25.5 million over the next two years. His contract also includes a $15.5 million club option for 2013. The pact does not include a no-trade clause.