Dan Haren was traded to the Chicago Cubs for relief pitcher Carlos Marmol on Friday, ending what was a few days of rumors concerning the future of the former Angels starting pitcher.
Reports stated last month that the Angels were unlikely to retain Haren after the season, and that turned out to be the case. Haren spent two and a half seasons with the Angels after being acquired by the team before the trade deadline in 2010. He pitched very well for the team the first year and a half with the club, but the three-time All-Star was only average last season.
Haren dealt with a back injury that led to a decrease in velocity. Per Fangraphs, Haren’s fastball was down to an average speed of 88.5 mph — the lowest of his career.
Marmol is entering the final season of a 3-year deal he signed in March 2011 and set to earn $9.8 million. Haren had a team option for next year for $15.5 million that the Angels are likely picking up as part of the trade arrangement.
Word of the trade between the Angels and Cubs emerged after Marmol told a Dominican Republic reporter about it. Several other reporters confirmed the news soon after.