Angels starter Dan Haren pitches to the Seattle Mariners in the second inning… (Reed Saxon / Associated…)
The Angels appeared to be on the verge of a trade that would send pitcher Dan Haren to the Chicago Cubs for reliever Carlos Marmol, with Marmol going so far as to tell reporters in the Dominican Republic late Friday afternoon he had waived his no-trade clause to come to Anaheim.
Several media outlets in Chicago, citing unnamed sources, reported the deal was done. However, a source familiar with the negotiations, but not authorized to speak publicly about them, told The Times, “there is no deal between the Angels and Cubs.”
Early Friday evening, well after reports of the trade filled Twitter, Haren, in an email exchange with The Times, said he had “not heard anything” from the Angels or Cubs about a deal.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports later reported that the Cubs had “pulled the deal off the table” and that the Angels were “talking with other clubs” about Haren.
Neither Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto nor Cubs President Theo Epstein were immediately available for comment. The Angels have until 9 p.m. PDT Friday to either exercise Haren’s $15.5-million option for 2013 or buy it out for $3.5 million.
If they pick up the option, they would still have the rest of the winter to trade Haren, who was also reportedly drawing interest from the Boston Red Sox. If the Angels decline the option, Haren will become a free agent.
The hard-throwing but often-erratic Marmol, 30, who will make $9.8 million next season, went 3-3 with a 3.42 earned-run average and 20 saves last season, and has a career 2.90 ERA and 115 saves over six seasons.
Haren, slowed by lower-back tightness in the first half of the season, went 12-13 with a 4.33 ERA in 2012.
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