11/2 Marmol staying put
Carlos Marmol apparently jumped the gun on being traded. Marmol told a news outlet in the Dominican Republic that he was going to the Angels.
“I like Anaheim,” Marmol told El Caribe. “They have talent and they’ll give me an opportunity. I’m grateful to Chicago.”
There were reports that Marmol was being dealt for Dan Haren, but those reports are false. The Cubs never confirmed the trade.
Marmol, 30, is coming off a season in which he converted 20 of 23 save opportunities, and posted a 3.42 ERA in 61 games.
Haren, 32, had pitched 200 innings until last season when he totaled a career-low 176 2/3 innings. He also was on the disabled list for the first time with back problems.
Marmol was to receive $9.8 million next year, while Haren had a $15.5 million option. The Angels were believed to be willing to pay the $3.5 million buyout in order to get a quality player in return. Haren has said he didn’t want to leave California. Angels general manager Jerry DiPoto had to decide on Haren’s option by 11 p.m. CT.
– Carrie Muskat