Dan Haren Reportedly Becomes Free Agent After Angels Decline Option

Ethan GrantAnalyst INovember 3, 2012

In a whirlwind six hours for the Los Angeles Angels and Chicago Cubs, it appears neither Carlos Marmol nor Dan Haren will be joining a new team via trade.


UPDATE: Thursday, November 8 at 7:48 a.m. ET

Medical concerns are reportedly the reason Haren wasn't traded to the Cubs last week, according to CSNChicago.com's David Kaplan.

However, a long-time AL source who has watched Haren over the past several seasons confirmed to me that medical questions were the main reason the trade fell apart, with the Cubs having serious concerns over Haren’s back stiffness that sidelined him for a part of the 2012 season. Also, hip issues and a noticeable drop in his velocity that forced him to pitch differently than when he was a dominant power pitcher. 

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It also appears Haren will still be looking for a new place to pitch next season, after the Angels made the decision to exercise a $3.5 million buyout and make him a free agent.

Angels beat writer Alden Gonzalez had the scoop:

#Angels have declined the option on Dan Haren.

— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) November 3, 2012

After the framework of a deal was completed earlier in the afternoon on Friday, news broke that the agreement had fallen through.

According to ESPN's report, there is a list of five teams that Marmol would not consent for a trade. It's unclear what that list looked like or if that was the reason the deal fell apart, but it's something to consider after this trade looked so close to happening. After being unable to acquire the former All-Star closer, the Angels now have decided to go in another direction without Haren.

Haren will hit the open market after a very disappointing season in Los Angeles.

The team acquired Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson in the offseason and immediately took on expectations to win the American League. They were unable to ever fully compete in the AL West, though, and finished third in the division behind the Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics.

The 32-year-old former ace went 12-13 in 2012 and posted a career-worst 4.33 ERA in 30 starts. He was supposed to be one of the consistent points of a rotation that is headlined by Jered Weaver, but it never came to be.

Los Angeles will now have to fill two holes in its starting rotation, after trading away Ervin Santana to the Kansas City Royals earlier in the week. The move to let Haren go doesn't come as much surprise after the trade fell through, as he was scheduled to make more than $15 million in 2013.

Although Haren will have the option to return to the Angels with a more team-friendly deal, it would be hard to envision a scenario in which he sticks around after almost being traded before eventually becoming a free agent.


Ethan Grant is a featured columnist for B/R and a member of the site's Breaking News Team.