The Chicago Cubs told closer Carlos Marmol the proposed trade to send him to the Los Angeles Angels for pitcher Dan Haren has fallen apart, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press.
The person spoke Friday night on condition of anonymity because the trade did not get completed.
FOXSports.com was told Marmol, who has a no-trade clause, would have signed off on the trade. However, the Cubs pulled out of the deal at the last minute, although the exact reason is not known.
It had been reported earlier Friday by the Los Angeles Times that a potential sticking point was that the Cubs and Angels may have been waiting for approval for the trade from Major League Baseball because of money being exchanged as part of the deal.
‘‘Obviously, it didn’t happen,’’ Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said. ‘‘We had a variety of different deals that we worked through during the course of the last week or 10 days. Some were closer than others. But I'll leave it at that.’’
After the trade fell through, the Angels decided to decline Haren’s $15.5 million option, and bought him out for $3.5 million, making the righthander a free agent.
Haren, 32, went 12-13 with a career-worst 4.33 ERA in 30 starts this year. Marmol, 30, had 20 saves last season.
Hamilton gets offer
The Rangers made a $13.3 million qualifying offer to Josh Hamilton, ensuring them draft-pick compensation if the slugger signs with another team. General manager Jon Daniels said that the team isn’t making the same offer to Mike Napoli, though there is mutual interest in the catcher returning to the Rangers. Napoli made $9.4 million this past season. Daniels, speaking shortly before the deadline for offers, said the team knows there’s no chance of Hamilton accepting that offer. Hamilton, 31, is expected to be one of the most sought-after free agents on the market. He hit .285 with 43 homers and 128 RBIs in 2012 and was the AL MVP in 2010 . . . The Yankees have made qualifying offers of $13.3 million to pitchers Hiroki Kuroda, Rafael Soriano, and right fielder Nick Swisher. The players have until Nov. 9 to accept the deal. New York had 10 other players who became free agents: pitchers Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Freddy Garcia, Derek Lowe, and Pedro Feliciano; outfielders Raul Ibanez, Ichiro Suzuki, and Andruw Jones; catcher Russell Martin; and third baseman Eric Chavez.
McGwire to Dodgers
Cardinals hitting coach Mark McGwire plans to accept an offer from the Dodgers to become their hitting coach, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. According to the report, the Dodgers' deal with McGwire is not final, but it appears to be close. McGwire recently finished his third season as the Cardinals’ hitting coach, and they offered him a contract extension. The Cardinals ranked second in the NL in batting average and runs scored this season . . . The Astros unveiled new uniforms, getting rid of the brick red they've worn since 2000 and returning to the orange and navy blue used from 1962-93.The new look coincides with Houston’s move to the American League for 2013. Team owner Jim Crane said of the uniforms: ‘‘I think it’s clean and tight. It’s got a little history in it and it’s got some of the flashback stuff.’’
Guerra has surgery
Dodgers reliever Javy Guerra had right shoulder surgery. The team said the arthroscopic procedure cleaned up bursitis in a joint at the top of his pitching shoulder. Guerra will start throwing in six weeks and is expected to be ready by spring training. The righthander was 2-3 with a 2.60 ERA in 45 games this past season with eight saves . . . Hisashi Iwakuma and the Mariners agreed to a two-year contract with an option for 2015. Iwakuma signed with the Mariners last January. The righthander began the season in the bullpen before transitioning into the starting rotation in July, and he thrived in a familiar role, going 8-4 in 16 starts.
Orioles SS suspended
Baltimore shortstop Ryan Adams has been suspended for the first 25 games of next season after testing positive for a banned amphetamine. The 25-year-old, an All-Star two years ago in the Double A Eastern League, has never played in a big league game but was on the 40-man roster at the time of the test . . . The White Sox promoted Buddy Bell to vice president/assistant general manager. Bell will assist with major league roster and staffing decisions and undertake amateur and special scouting assignments while keeping his current role of overseeing the player development system . . . Mike Redmond was officially introduced as manager of the Marlins.