Kelvin Kuo-US PRESSWIRE
Teams about to swap pitchers, financial discussions in progress. "I'm a bit in shock," Marmol says
The Los Angeles Angels appeared to be on the verge of trading pitcher Dan Haren to the Chicago Cubs for closer Carlos Marmol, according to several reports in the Dominican Republic and the United States. However, David Kaplan of CSN Chicago says the deal is not done yet and discussions are in progress; and Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com is saying the reports are "still premature", and that the organization is still active in discussions with other teams.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports says the deal is not done yet, and that the Cubs only asked Marmol if he was willing to go to the Angels if the trade is completed. Marmol has a limited no-trade clause in his current contract with Chicago.
Yancen Pujols of the Dominican newspaper El Caribe was told by the 30-year-old pitcher that he was being shipped to California.
"Anaheim is a good team," Marmol said. "I am very fond of the city of Chicago. It will always be in my heart; now I look up to the challenge in Anaheim."
Minutes after Pujols tweeted his report out of the Dominican, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times and Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times completed the puzzle with Haren on the other side of the deal.
DiGiovanna reached out to Haren via e-mail. The pitcher told him that he has not been informed by either team of the deal "but I'm assuming it's done."
Later tonight, Marmol was interviewed by Dominican radio station Z101 and he was talking like the deal was already done.
"I feel a little strange after this situation, I'm a bit in shock. I don't know whether to feel happy or sad, because I leave a team that helped me to have a career in the Majors," Marmol said. "I'm looking forward to seeing the plans Anaheim has for me. I feel at ease but a bit in pain because of the situation."
Haren had a 12-13 record with a 4.33 ERA in 176⅔ innings for the Halos, with 142 strikeouts; while Marmol saved 20 games for the Cubs in 2012, with a 3.42 ERA in 55⅓ innings, fanning 72.
Haren was waiting to be traded before Friday's deadline, in which the Angels would issue a qualifying offer or not, being an impending free agent.