Cubs Pull Reported Deal with Angels Off Table … and Other News and Notes

It is unclear at this point what happened, but the Cubs pulled the deal off the table late in the process that would have sent Carlos Marmol to the Angels for Dan Haren.

According to the Sun-Times, “a deal was close enough that Marmol was asked to waive his limited no-trade rights and consented to be traded to the Angels.” Marmol told several outlets in the Dominican Republic that he had in fact been traded.

Some pointed to health concerns with Dan Haren as the reason the Cubs backed out of the deal. Haren missed time with lower-back tightness last season and there was a significant drop in velocity when he returned.

The Angels declined the option on Dan Haren shortly after the deadline and paid the right-hander a $3.5 million buyout. Haren is now a free agent.

Free agency officially began at 11:01pm CDT on Friday night. It should be just the beginning of an interesting off-season for the Cubs and throughout baseball.

Zach Putnam
The Cubs claimed right-handed reliever Zach Putnam off waivers from the Rockies on Friday afternoon. Putnam was added to the 40-man roster, which currently stands at 33 players. Putnam has limited big league experience but has pitched well at the big end of a minor league bullpen.

Baseball America ranked Putnam as the tenth best prospect in the Indians system prior to the 2012 season. Colorado received Putnam from the Indians for Kevin Slowey in January of 2012.

According to Baseball America, Putnam features a fastball in the 90-93 mph range and can touch 95. Putnam also throws an above-average splitter that helps him miss bats and keep the ball on the ground. Putnam has struggled with right handed hitters due to a below average slider. Baseball America projects him as a middle reliever.

Zach Putnam gives the Cubs another option out of the pen.

News, Notes and Rumors
According to a report from Comcast SportsNet, the Cubs are believed to have interest in free agent Shaun Marcum. Speculation has existed for weeks that the Cubs could target Marcum and that would be a viable option due to Marcum’s relationship with Chris Bosio.

Passes for the 28th Annual Cubs Convention go on sale Wednesday, November 7 at 10:00am CDT.

According to a report from Jon Paul Morosi, the Cubs are one of several teams with varying interest in right hander Scott Baker. Baker last pitched in the Majors in 2011 with the Twins and missed last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in April. Baker may not be ready when the season begins according to Morosi’s report. Baker is 63-48 in 163 big league games, 159 starts, with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.

Teams can begin signing minor league free agents on Saturday.

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