A's Deal Their Ace to Arizona

Oakland gets six prospects in return
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2007 10:47 PM CST
Oakland Athletics owner Lewis Wolff, right, talks with vice president and general manager Billy Beane during the A's spring training baseball workout in Phoenix, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007. Beane, the architect...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Athletics GM Billy Beane, never one to shy away from an aggressive deal, today traded his team's top pitcher, Dan Haren, to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a slew of prospects, reports the Chronicle. Beane made the move with an eye on long-term building - apparently not convinced about his club's chances in 2008. The A's also traded minor league pitcher Connor Robertson.

Arizona, coming off a playoff run, now sports a pitching rotation that includes Haren, who won 15 games and started the All-Star game in 2007, and former Cy Young Winners Brandon Webb and Randy Johnson. Haren is a bargain for the D-Backs, only earning $9.5 million over the next two seasons. His response? "I'm extremely excited."