Anaheim, CA - Today was decision day for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. After GM Jerry Dipoto traded starting pitcher Ervin Santana to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for Brandon Sisk the decisions on Hunter and Haren came due.
The Angels declined to make a qualifying offer to right-fielder Torii Hunter. Meaning, at 9:00PM tonight, Hunter will an unrestricted free agent. While it is not impossible that the Angels could retain Hunter, shutting the door on an exclusive negotiating windowed signaled the team has decided to move on.
With Vernon Wells still on the 25 man roster there is currently no room to keep Torii Hunter until that issue is resolved. Wells is under contract until 2014 with $42 million remaining.
The Angels were expected to trade the rights to starting pitcher Dan Haren before tonight's deadline and it appeared the right-hander was headed to the Chicago Cubs for closer Carlos Marmol.
The 30 year-old hard throwing Marmol has spent his entire career with the Cubs (21-28, 115 saves, 3.38 ERA). Once considered one of the top relief prospects Marmol has had control issues (BB/9 6.0) which have held him back from becoming one of the leagues elite bullpen arms.
However the deal fell through and the Angels declined Haren's $15.5 option for 2013 making him a free agent. Angels will pay Haren a $3.5m buyout.
Haren acquired from Arizona during the 2010 season for Joe Saunders, Tyler Skaggs (amongst others) leaves the Angels after three seasons compiling a 33-27, 3.52 record in 79 games (78 starts).