NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The proposed Dan Haren for Carlos Marmol trade that was called off at the last minute last month did indeed fall apart for medical reasons, as some speculated at the time.
The Cubs were willing to take Haren despite the issues, sources told CBSSports.com. But because they believed the medical issues would have them taking on a higher risk, they wanted the Angels to contribute more of what would have been a $15.5 million salary for Haren in 2013.
Haren spent time on the disabled list in 2012 with what was described at the time as lower-back stiffness.
The two teams tried to work through the issues that night, but with the Angels facing a midnight ET deadline to pick up Haren's option or buy him out, they couldn't reach an agreement in time. The Angels then declined the option, Haren became a free agent and Marmol remained with the Cubs.
The Cubs still wouldn't mind trading Marmol, who will make $9.8 million in 2013. Newly signed Kyuji Fujikawa could take over as closer if Marmol is dealt.