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Angels decline Dan Haren's option, making him a free agent

By C. Trent Rosecrans | Blogger
Dan Haren was 12-13 with a 4.33 ERA in 2012. (US Presswire)

Dan Haren could still join the Cubs -- but if he does it'll be his choice. The Angels declined their $15.5 million option on Haren, making him a free agent.

The Angels will pay Haren a $3.5 million buyout and he is now free to chose where he wants to pitch in 2013. The Angels had hoped to find a trade partner to get something in return for Haren. However, a deal that would have brought Carlos Marmol (and his $9.8 million contract) from Chicago fell through on Friday night.

Haren, 32, was 12-13 with a 4.33 ERA in 30 starts for the Angels last season. Haren, who suffered back trouble last season, was 4-3 with a 2.81 ERA over his final eight starts of the season. He's 119-97 with a 3.66 ERA in parts of 10 seasons with the Cardinals, A's, Diamondbacks and Angels.

With Haren a free agent and Ervin Santana traded to Kansas City, the Angels' rotation consists of Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Jerome Williams and Garrett Richards. The Angels hope to re-sign right-hander Zack Greinke, who is also a free agent.

Despite Haren's struggles in 2012 and injuries questions, there should be no shortage of suitors for his services in 2013.

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