Originally written on Monkey with a Halo  |  Last updated 11/3/12
Well, that escalated (and then de-escalated) quickly. There the Angels were on the verge of making a questionable deal sending Dan Haren to the Cubs for Carlos Marmol and before we knew it, the trade was called off (by the Cubs, no less!) and Haren's options was declined, leaving the Angels with nothing to show for what appeared to be a nice trade asset. It was all just so... weird. It was weird that the Angels couldn't get a better deal than Marmol, in the first place, especially if rumors were true that it was the Halos kicking in money, not the Cubs.  Sure, Haren was coming off his worst season, but the consensus was he was a good bounceback season.  But Marmol was coming off his worst season as well, but a bounceback was not at all expected.  In fact, he'd been in decline for so long that the Cubs fans I know were positively ecstatic that they had found a sucker to take Carlos off their hands.  Add to the mix that an erratic, control-challenged late-inning reliever is pretty much exactly what the Angels bullpen does NOT need and it was a head-scratching deal all around. But it wasn't to be anyway, which might ultimately prove to be a blessing in disguise for the Halos, but it doesn't excuse the front office's failing here.  They had a deal, it blew up and they were unable to find a Plan B, so they just up and declined Haren's option, leaving them with nothing.  How could they get something for Santana and nothing for Haren?  Why would they not just pick up the option and continue shopping Haren?  What happened that caused the Cubs to pull out (allegedly) of a deal that was so clearly in their favor? The only explanation that makes any sense to me is that Haren's medical reports are worse than any of us could have imagined.  It explains why nobody could trump the lousy Marmol offer in the first place.  It explains why Chicago got cold feet.  It explains why the Angels didn't want to get caught holding a $15.5 million bag by exercising his option. Well, there is one alternative explanation and that is that Dipoto screwed up.  Maybe he demanded too much from the Cubs.  Nobody really seems to know what the final deal was.  Maybe the Cubs were going to kick in money and he wanted more.  Or maybe he tried to get a prospect added in.  Then when things fell apart, he panicked, couldn't get another acceptable deal in place and just let Haren walk rather than drag him and the team through another round of trade talks. Either way, the Angels come out looking bad.  Missing out on getting a return on Haren isn't the end of the world since it isn't like they ended up with another nasty long-term contract on the books.  At worst, they wasted a moderate trade asset, which isn't good, but it isn't felony offense.  What might actually be worse than burning Haren's value like that is the stench of incompetence that comes with mucking this up and that won't go away until the real story behind this bizarre trade that wasn't comes out... if it comes out. [follow]
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Miguel Cabrera headed to disabled list for 1st time in career

Report: San Antonio Spurs to sign LaMarcus Aldridge

WATCH: Serena Williams wags finger at Wimbledon crowd, says, 'Don’t try me'

Report: Rajon Rondo headed to Sacramento Kings

Dez Bryant deal with Cowboys could be announced Monday

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Brandon Saad, Ryan O’Reilly sign long-term contracts with Columbus, Buffalo

Mavs solidify future, sign Wesley Matthews, DeAndre Jordan

A-Rod, Yankees settle dispute over home run milestone bonus

Report: Robin Lopez, Knicks finalizing four-year deal

Becky Hammon will coach Spurs' Summer League team

Jimmy Butler on Derrick Rose: ‘I don’t think we have any issues’

Kawhi, LaMarcus, the mid-range and the Spurs' next epoch

Tennis: How can Rafael Nadal regain his dominance?

NBA Rumors: Cavs and Spurs vying for David West

Damian Lillard is the Blazers’ new franchise player

Bryce Harper flaunts patriotic bat, hits home run

Report: Magic will sign Tobias Harris to 4-year deal

The top American sports moments since the last Fourth of July

Nine former college football rivalries that need to come back

The most patriotic uniforms in American sports

Jeanie Buss: Brother Jim will step down if Lakers don't make deep run within two seasons

DeAndre Jordan to Dallas: The Los Angeles Clippers are literally mad men

Remember when the Cincinnati Bearcats were the scariest team in America?

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Russell Wilson 'would definitely consider' playing for Mariners

Solo, Rapinoe among USWNT stars up for World Cup awards

LBS on Sports Jeopardy! Here's how how it went

College football's 35 most patriotic helmets

A brief history of non-star All-Stars

With Love retained, the Cavs can take care of LeBron

Grading the deal: Davis commits to Pelicans

Obama Administration: Change name if Redskins move to D.C.

Deciding what the All-Star Game means

Odell Beckham Jr. offered professional baseball contract

Orioles keep finding a way to win

Lloyd sends USWNT to World Cup final

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.