Dan Haren trade: Cubs' deal for pitcher falls through

Eric P. Mull-US PRESSWIRE

A trade that would have sent closer Carlos Marmol to Los Angeles for Haren fell through, sources are reporting. The Angels declined Haren's option by Friday night's deadline, and he is now a free agent.

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.

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