Chicago, IL – A deal that would have brought Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim starting pitcher Dan Haren to the Chicago Cubs is reportedly off the table.
Late Friday night, sources told several media outlets, including the Chicago Tribune, that there was no deal. Earlier Friday, reports were rampant that the Cubs were acquiring Haren in exchange for reliever Carlos Marmol.
With the trade no longer in effect, the Angels were more likely to pick up Haren's $15.5 million contract option for next season, of which they have a midnight (ET) deadline on Friday to do so.
If they decline, Haren will be owed a $3.5 million buyout.
Haren, a 32-year-old right-hander, fashioned a 12-13 record with a 4.33 ERA in 30 starts last season, his final campaign of a three-year contract. A three- time All-Star, Haren has compiled a 119-97 record with a 3.66 ERA in 296 games (286 starts) with St. Louis, Oakland, Arizona and the Angels.
Marmol, who is entering the final season of a three-year contract with the Cubs, is set to make $9.8 million in 2013. He went 0-3 with a 3.42 ERA and 20 saves in 61 appearances last season, his seventh at the major league level. The right-hander has spent his entire big league career with the Cubs.