Before the Los Angeles Angels decided to decline Dan Haren’s
option for 2013, they talked with the Cubs about a trade that would have
involved the right-hander and Chicago’s late-inning reliever Carlos Marmol.
It was well known that the Angels were trying to trade
Haren. They didn’t want to exercise his 2013 option, but they also didn’t want
to allow the talented righty to walk and receive nothing. They were able to
pull off a similar trade involving Ervin Santana earlier in the week, and Haren
himself said he expected to be dealt prior to the weekend.
Los Angeles talked with several teams, including the Boston
Red Sox according to reports, but they appeared to have a deal in place with
the Cubs last night. It would have sent talented but erratic right-hander
Carlos Marmol to Los Angeles in exchange for Haren.
Outlets reported that a deal was agreed upon, but the teams
failed to officially announce it. It later came out the Cubs pulled their offer
from the table, and the Angels were ultimately unable to find a taker for
Haren. The right-hander can now hit the open market and be free to sign with
whichever club he chooses.
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