Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
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.
After several hours of conflicting reports, several writers and reporters are saying that the potential trade between the Cubs and Angels, which would sent starting pitcher Dan Haren to Chicago in exchange for relief pitcher Carlos Marmol, has fallen apart.
A report by Yancen Pujols in the Dominican Republic started the frenzy, which has been cooled off. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Marmol agreed at first with the transaction (his input was necessary since the pitcher has a limited no-trade clause in his current deal). That might be the reason why he spoke with Dominican media assuming the deal was done.
However, Rosenthal says the Cubs pulled the deal off the table, which put a death sentence to any intentions of a swap. The clock on Haren is still ticking, since Anaheim has until 12 midnight Eastern Time to trade him. If that doesn't happen, they must decide on a $15.5-million option with the hurler.