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 Posted: Sat Nov 3rd, 2012 03:21 am
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Cubs-Angels talk doesn't produce deal

By Carrie Muskat / | 11/02/12 11:00 PM ET

CHICAGO -- Carlos Marmol is staying put.

There were reports Friday, including comments by Marmol himself, that the Cubs had dealt the closer to the Angels in exchange for pitcher Dan Haren. Marmol told a news outlet in the Dominican Republic about the deal.

"I like Anaheim," Marmol told El Caribe. "They have talent, and they'll give me an opportunity. I'm grateful to Chicago."

However, a Cubs source confirmed to late Friday that no deal was made.

FOX Sports Ken Rosenthal also reported that Marmol would have waived his no trade clause and approved a trade to the Angels but tweeted the Cubs "pulled the deal off the table and trade is not happening." The Angels were believed to be talking to other teams interested in Haren.

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. The Cubs do not have an obvious closer in the wings, but could've gone with lefty James Russell, righty Rafael Dolis or righty Alberto Cabrera.

Haren, 32, fell short of 200 innings for the first time in eight seasons in 2012, tossing 176 2/3 because of back problems, which landed him on the disabled list for the first time in his career. The right-hander was 12-13 in 30 games with a career-high 4.33 ERA.

Marmol is set to receive $9.8 million next year, while the Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto had until 11 p.m. CT on Friday to decide whether to exercise a $15.5 million option on Haren. The Angels were believed to be willing to exercise the option and pay the $3.5 million equivalent of the buyout as part of a trade in order to get a quality player in return. Haren has said he doesn't want to leave California.

The Cubs, coming off a 101-loss season, are in the market for at least two starting pitchers after dealing Paul Maholm and Ryan Dempster at the Trade Deadline.

Dempster's deal also did not go smoothly. The Cubs had reportedly agreed to send him to the Braves in exchange for Randall Delgado in July, but the deal was leaked before the right-hander had agreed to waive his no-trade rights, and it fell through. Dempster was eventually sent to the Rangers at the Trade Deadline.

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