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The Dan Haren-Carlos Marmol trade fell through because of Haren’s health

Nov 8, 2012, 7:14 AM EDT

Dan Haren AP AP

The Cubs and Angels had a Dan Haren-for-Carlos Marmol trade all but done. It feel through, however, with many speculating that it was due to issues surrounding Marmol’s no-trade clause or cold feet by one side or something. Many others, however, believe that it fell through because of Haren’s health. David Kaplan of has a source telling him that, yes, that’s what happened:

. . . 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.

Haren’s agent yesterday said that Haren is healthy, but those are the words of a guy shopping his free agent client’s services. He did not refute the notion that Haren’s health was the reason the Cubs backed out (and that the Angels declined Haren’s option).

He’ll be an interesting guy to watch on the free agent market this winter. Just know that when you hear that Haren is close to signing with someone, that last step — the medical exam — is nowhere near the formality it is for most free agents.

  1. whitdog23 - Nov 8, 2012 at 7:30 AM

    so Theo made this deal…then panicked because of negative reaction when it ‘leaked’ and realized what he hadn’t thought of.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Nov 8, 2012 at 7:32 AM

      Not how it works. Likely: he made the deal, all deals are pending the examination of the player’s medical records, he saw the medical records, did not like what he saw and then rejected it.

      • Old Gator - Nov 8, 2012 at 9:11 AM

        To turn down an opportunity to rid himself of Marmol, Theo must have read that Haren used to be a medical school cadaver.

      • stex52 - Nov 8, 2012 at 9:28 AM

        Love it OG. But the point seemed obvious. The Cubs got a doctor’s report and shuffled backwards quickly.

    • Alex K - Nov 8, 2012 at 10:04 AM

      There was negative reaction from Cubs fans from this trade? That’s news to me. This Cubs fan was quite happy with the idea.

    • geoknows - Nov 8, 2012 at 10:36 AM

      Theo Epstein is not the Cubs’ GM. Jed Hoyer is.

  2. alexo0 - Nov 8, 2012 at 7:39 AM

    I picture Jed bursting into Epstein’s office, waving a July newspaper:

    “Theo, wait! It says here Haren was DL’d for back stiffness. I just found out. Don’t do it!”

  3. heyblueyoustink - Nov 8, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    Doctor said he needs a backiotomy.

  4. tfbuckfutter - Nov 8, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    It’s probably his health.

    He shouldn’t worry though. Even if he was in a wheelchair the Red Sox will still give him a ton of money to not pitch.

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