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MLB.com: Angels to decline Haren option

It's a shame that the Cardinals apparently have no room in the Starting Rotation Inn.

According to an mlb.com story, the Angels are "leaning toward" not picking up a contract option on the starting pitcher. And if Haren is really set free, it would have been nice to see the Cardinals do what they could to un-do the biggest mistake of the Walt Jocketty era.

Jocketty seemed to have the golden touch when it came to making swaps not only dealt away one of his club's brightest prospects in the deal. But he signed the damaged Mulder to a two-year contract extension after he hurt his shoulder and Mulder never recovered.

Haren, who is now 32, was 6-10 with the Cardinals in 2004-2004 when he was dealt to Oakland for Mark Mulder.

Although it hurt to give up the rising star Haren, it looked like a good deal at the time because Mulder was the best lefty starter in baseball hands down. But Mulder suffered from shoulder problems that eventually ended his career prematurely after the swap while Haren went on to be a dominant starter.

Haren is 119-95 with a 3.66 ERA over his career which includes stops in Arizona and Anaheim. He slipped to 12-11 with a 4.35 ERA in 2012 with the Angles to prompt the story that the club would turn down a $15.5-million option for next season.

Mulder was 81-42 with the Athletics before the Haren trade. After the swap Mulder was 22-18 with a 5.04 ERA with the Cardinals. He made more than $25 million with St. Louis despite the fact that he didn't win a single game during his final two years here.

I'd love to see Haren back in St. Louis -- and he expressed interest when he was on the trading block with the Diamondbacks a couple of years ago  about wanting to come back.

But I don't see any chance that the Redbirds could find a place for him in the budget with Chris Carpenter, Adam Wainwright, Jaime Garcia and Jake Westbook under contract for next season and Shelby Miller, Lance Lynn, Joe Kelly and Trever Rosenthal candidates for the fifth slot.

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