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Cubs’ proposed trade of Marmol falls through

Cubs closer Carlos Marmol was prepared to start a new chapter in his career.

The Cubs reportedly traded closer Carlos Marmol to the Angels for starting pitcher Dan Haren – except the deal fell apart. Marmol broke the news, telling Dominican Republic paper El Caribe that he was traded to Anaheim.

“I am very fond of the City of Chicago,” he told El Caribe. “It will always be in my heart. Now I look up to the challenge with Anaheim.”

However, a trade that once appeared to be a done deal was never finalized and the Cubs reportedly pulled the offer even though Marmol waived his no-trade clause, agreeing to go to Anaheim. Haren would have been a perfect addition for an organization that is starved for starting pitching.

Even Cubs pitcher Matt Garza believed Marmol was traded to the Angels, tweeting: Gonna be tough to replace a closer like Marmol, for sure! But adding another horse to the stable gives us innings we sorely need!

Marmol is entering the final year of his contract and is owed $9.8 million. Haren, 32, posted a 12-13 record and 4.33 ERA with the Angels in 2012. Haren had a $15.5 million club option for 2013, however, the Angels bought out his contract for $3.5 million, making him a free agent.

Marmol, 30, saved 20 games for the Cubs this season with a 3.42 ERA. During his seven-year Cubs career he has recorded 115 saves.

Sox promote Bell: The White Sox’s restructuring of their front office this offseason continues taking shape.

The Sox promoted Buddy Bell to vice president/assistant general manager on Friday. Bell, who has been with the organization for nine years, just completed his first year as vice president of player development and special assignments.

His new duties include helped with major league roster decisions as well as special assignment scouting jobs. Bell expects to travel with the Sox more than he had in the past, though he still taking scouting trips and involved in amateur scouting.

“Player development is really a passion of mine and that’s not going to change,” Bell said. “It’s still going to take a lot of my time which I like. I like being busy. So this particular title gives me a chance to do a lot of different things.”

Bell, 61, made clear he has no plans to ever manager again or become a general manager. Bell spent 13 years on big league staffs before joining the Sox, nine of which he was a manager.

“I love what I’m doing,” Bell said. “I’m still involved in [player development]. I get to help out in about every area of our organization which is really what I want to do at this point.”

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