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Cubs DO NOT Trade for Dan Haren


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The Cubs have acquired Dan Haren from the Angels in exchange for Carlos Marmol, confirms Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago (via Twitter). The deal was first reported by Yancen Pujols of El Caribe (via Twitter, Spanish link).

 

The deal brings an end to an eventful week of rumors surrounding Haren, who was unlikely to see his $15.5MM option exercised by the Angels. It's likely that Haren's option for 2013 has been exercised as a part of the deal, but there is no official word on that yet. The Halos deadline for picking up the option is 11pm CST. We learned today that both the Cubs and Red Sox were in on the 32-year-old but Theo Epstein & Co. have apparently won out.

 

Marmol is entering the final year of his contract which will pay him $9.8MM. The 30-year-old turned in a 3.42 ERA with 11.7 K/9 and 7.3 BB/9 through 61 appearances last season. Marmol has spent his entire seven-year big league career with the Cubs and has a 3.38 ERA with 11.7 K/9 and 6.0 BB/9 during that stretch.

 

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The Cubs are probably still a couple years from contending, Marmol makes $5M less than Haren. Haren's a year removed from being an elite starter, Marmol two years removed from being a dominant reliever.

 

I'm not sure why the Angels did this. Haren at $15.5 seems like a very good deal relative to Marmol at $9.8.

 

Unless I'm missing something...

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The Angels are stupid if this deal goes through. You don't want Haren at $15.5 million, fine. That means you decline his option, not trade him for a $10 million reliever that walks almost a batter an inning.
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