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Red Sox in hunt for Dan Haren

Angels righthander Dan Haren is drawing interest from “several teams,” including the Red Sox, according to a major league source.

The Angels are definitely exploring possibilities and could pull the trigger on a deal soon. They dealt Ervin Santana to the Royals on Wednesday for a lefty specialist prospect.

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The big issue with Haren is the condition of his back, which was problematic for him last season, but improved late in the year.

The Angels can buy out Haren’s $15.5 million option for $3.5 million. They could also pick up the option and trade him.

Despite his back issues, Haren, 32, made 30 starts for the Angels last season and went 12-13 with a 4.33 ERA. Since 2005, when he became a full time starter for Oakland, Haren has never had fewer than 30 starts and has pitched 200-plus innings seven times.

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