Originally Posted by fearofpopvol1
I do think in the case of Haren, salary relief will help the DBacks. I also think a team like the Dbacks would be willing to go higher on the quantity of prospects compromising quality some than the M's would for Lee. I don't know that for certain, but just speculation.
Haren brought Oakland some nice prospects, they'd want a few themselves:
December 14, 2007: Traded by the Oakland Athletics with Connor Robertson to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Chris Carter (minors), Brett Anderson, Aaron Cunningham, Dana Eveland, Carlos Gonzalez and Greg Smith.
Perhaps Alonso's plate discipline would appeal to the free swinging team they have now.