Haren-for-Marmol deal apparently not happening
UPDATE, 7:30 P.M. PT: The proposed deal swapping Haren for Marmol is “not happening,” a source told MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat. FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal said Marmol was going to OK the deal to the Angels — like he said — but the Cubs pulled it off the table. Angels still have until 9.m. PT to decide on Haren’s $15.5 million option, with a $3.5 million buyout. They can still exercise it and trade him later.
UPDATE, 6 P.M. PT: A source close to the situation said reports of a completed deal are “premature” because the Angels are “still in active discussions with more than one team.”
News first broke when Marmol, speaking from the Dominican Republic, told the local publication El Caribe that he had been traded, adding in Spanish: “I like Anaheim. They have talent and they’ll give me an opportunity. I’m grateful to Chicago.” CBSSports.com first reported that Haren was headed to Chicago, with a source confirming that the deal is “headed in that direction.”
Marmol, who has compiled 115 saves in his seven-year career, will make $9.8 million in his walk year in 2013 and had to waive a no-trade clause to go to the Angels.
“There were a lot of teams interested,” he told El Caribe, “but Anaheim has a lot of talent and will be in contention.”
5:15 P.M.: The Angels have reportedly traded starting pitcher Dan Haren to the Cubs in exchange for reliever Carlos Marmol. Marmol told a media outlet in the Dominican Republic, and CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman confirmed that Haren is indeed going to Chicago.
Still no word from the Angels or Cubs, but a source close to the situation said the deal is “headed in that direction.”
The Angels had until 9 p.m. PT to make a decision on Haren’s $15.5 million contract, which has a $3.5 million buyout, and were looking to trade him. Marmol posted a 3.42 ERA in 55 1/3 innings last year, striking out 72 batters and walking 45 while going 20-for-23 in saves. He’s signed through next season for $9.8 million.
– Alden Gonzalez