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Dan Haren-Carlos Marmol trade called off

By C. Trent Rosecrans | Blogger
Dan Haren and Carlos Marmol won't be swapping teams. (US Presswire)

A deal that would have sent Angels right-hander Dan Haren to Chicago in exchange for the Cubs' Carlos Marmol was called off Friday after the two teams had agreed to a trade, Insider Jon Heyman reports.

Marmol had a limited no-trade clause to five teams that could have held up the deal, but according to a report out of the Dominican Republic, Marmol sounded as if he was OK with a trade:

The Angels had a $15.5-million club option on Haren and, like Ervin Santana, wanted to trade him instead of just letting him go in free agency. Haren had a $3.5-million buyout. The Angels traded Santana to Kansas City, getting a minor-league lefty in exchange for Santana and his $13-million option.

Haren, 32, was 12-13 with a 4.33 ERA in 30 starts for the Angels this season.

Marmol, 30, has 115 saves in his career, including 38 in 2010. Last season he had 20 saves and a 3.42 ERA. In 2010, his first season as the team's closer, Marmol struck out 138 batters in 77 2/3 innings. Despite a high career strikeout rate, he's struggled with walks. Last season he had 45 walks in 55 1/3 innings to go along with 72 strikeouts. Batters had just a .200 batting average against him in 2012, but a .352 on-base percentage thanks to his high walk numbers. He gave up more walks than hits (40). Marmol is in the final year of a three-year contract that will pay him $9.8 million in 2013.

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