The Cubs would have had a new starting pitcher, but a proposed deal sending Carlos Marmol to the Angels for Dan Haren is apparently dead.
You can read everything below, which made it look like the Cubs and Angels had made a deal swapping Carlos Marmol for Dan Haren, but here's what eventually happened Friday night:
When things happen in baseball, they often happen quickly.
Here I was, sitting around lazily on a Friday night watching the Bulls game, when this tweet came across:
And then there was this, supposedly confirming Marmol was heading west in exchange for Dan Haren:
Multiple reports, apparently originating with Marmol, say the Cubs' closer has been traded to Angels, presumably for Haren.— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) November 2, 2012
That was followed by a quote from Marmol:
"I am very fond of the City of Chicago. It will always be in my heart. Now I look up to the challenge with Anaheim", Marmol to @elcariberd— Yancen Pujols (@YancenPujols) November 2, 2012
I'll come back here and post a confirmation once the Cubs officially announce this, but my first reaction is that this is a spectacularly good deal for the Cubs. Presuming the contract option was exercised on Haren, and the Cubs sent Marmol's contract west, the Cubs are on the hook for approximately $6 million more than they owed Marmol -- and get a first-rate starting pitcher, while having options (Alberto Cabrera, Jaye Chapman, Michael Bowden) to replace Marmol at closer.
Nice work, Theo & Jed.