Angels release Dan Haren, pay $3.5 million buyout

Dan Haren was nearly traded to the Chicago Cubs yesterday. Today the right handed pitcher is a fee agent after being released ahead of Friday’s deadline to pick up options. The Los Angeles Angels will pay Haren a $3.5 million buyout instead of the $15.5 million option the team had on him.

Despite injury concerns Haren expects to be a highly targeted pitcher.

The Cubs and Angels appeared to have a deal in place that would have sent Carlos Marmol to Los Angeles. Marmol agreed to waive his no trade clause but the Cubs opted to pull back the deal. While the reasons are not known it is likely that the two teams could not come to an agreement in regards to the amount of money each would pay Haren.

In 2012 Haren was 12-13 with a 4.33 ERA in 30 starts. Haren had a 1.29 WHIP and a 142/38 strikeout to walk ratio.

Haren is not the first member of the Angels rotation to leave the team this off-season. Ervin Santana was traded to Kansas City earlier this week as the team attempted to avoid paying him $13 million next season.

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