As reported by Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago, the Chicago Cubs have sent reliever Carlos Marmol to the Anaheim Angels for Dan Haren. Chicago Cubs 101 reported just a few hours ago that the Cubs were said to have an interest in acquiring the pitcher, and it now seems as though it has become a reality. While neither team will confirm the trade, Marmol did acknowledge that he had been shipped out west, according to Yancen Pujols, who quoted Marmol as saying "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."
While the deal is yet to become official, it seems as though given the many sources confirming the trade, the Cubs will be acquiring a new starting pitcher. Marmol has been inconsistent during his time with the Cubs, so at first glance Chicago is getting the better end of this deal. Although there is a chance Haren only stays with the team for one season, as his contract expires following the 2013 season, Marmol is a small price to pay for the chance at having Haren on the team for multiple seasons if they can re-sign him.
Haren has the ability to be a top tier starting pitcher, and if he can work out his back injuries that led to a disappointing 12-13 season in 2012, the Cubs may have just landed a new ace in exchange for a struggling closer.
In the short tenure of Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer, it seems as though this would be the second biggest move the duo has made. The only decision by the two that is bigger than acquiring Haren was locking up Starlin Castro with a multi-year deal earlier in 2012.
Chicago Cubs 101 will continue to follow this story and confirm the deal when either team does so.
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