Angels nearly trade, then decline option on Dan Haren
The Los Angeles Angels nearly had a trade in place with the Chicago Cubs, trading Dan Haren for relief pitcher Carlos Marmol, but after the deal fell apart the Halos declined their $15.5 million club option on Haren for 2013, and will instead pay the starting pitcher a $3.5 million buyout.
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After being unable to trade Dan Haren to the Cubs, the Angels have decided to not pick up Haren's option for the 2013 season. They'll pay him $3.5 million rather than the $15.5 million they'd have owed him in 2013, and he'll become a free agent.
Earlier Friday night, reports were flying around the baseball world saying the L.A. Angels were sending starting pitcher Dan Haren to the Cubs for reliever Carlos Marmol. Almost as soon as Haren was figuratively put on a plane to Chicago, reports began to surface saying the deal was far from a sure thing. Late Friday, the deal is said to be off, with the Cubs credited for pulling their offer off the table.