The Associated Press, via ESPN, is reporting a deal between the Los Angeles Angels and Chicago Cubs to swap pitcher Dan Haren for closer Carlos Marmol has been called off.
Marmol was 3-3 with a 3.42 ERA in 61 appearances in 2012, and converted 20 saves in 23 opportunities. He had issues with his control, walking 45 in 55⅓ innings, which has been a concern for the effective but wild closer over the last five years. He has 114 saves in that time.
With the deal being called off, the Angels declined Haren's $15.5 million option, making him a free agent. He was 12-13 this season and his 4.33 ERA in 30 starts was the highest of his career.
The deal was reported as finalized as recently as Friday evening, and Marmol told a Dominican radio station "‘I don't know whether to feel happy or sad, because I leave a team that helped me to have a career in the majors," the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Marmol is scheduled to make $9.8 million in 2013, and hits free agency after the season.