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Marmol still a Cub, though status uncertain

– Chicago Cubs closer Carlos Marmol thought he was headed to the Los Angeles Angels.

That was three months ago, when the Cubs asked Marmol to waive his limited no-trade clause because they were close to finalizing a deal to acquire Dan Haren from the Angels.

“They told me I was traded,” he said. “The next day I was told, ‘No, you’re not going there.’ ”

Marmol is still with the Cubs, and his status is still unclear.

Marmol is entering the final year of a three-year, $9.8 million contract. The 2008 All-Star is certain to be trade bait for the rebuilding organization near the July 31 trade deadline if the Cubs are out of contention.

“He’s our closer,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.

But for how long?

Since the effort to trade him, the Cubs signed former Japanese All-Star closer Kyuji Fujikawa to a two-year deal and installed him in the eighth-inning setup role.

Still, Marmol is not looking over his shoulder.

“I still believe in myself,” he said.

Hernandezs deal

Felix Hernandez will make $27 million in the final year of his new $175 million, seven-year contract with Seattle.

Hernandez also is receiving a $6 million signing bonus for the contract he signed Wednesday, the largest deal ever for a pitcher. He’ll make $19 million this season and $22 million in 2014. The $47 million due during 2013-14 is $6.5 million more than he was due under his previous deal.

The contract slowly escalates from there, with Hernandez getting $24 million in 2015, $25 million in 2016, $26 million in both 2017 and ’18 and the largest yearly sum in his final season.

Around the leagues

St. Louis announced a three-year contract extension with general manager John Mozeliak and exercised the 2014 option for manager Mike Matheny. …

Colorado acquired infielder Reid Brignac from Tampa Bay in exchange for a player to be named and cash considerations. …

Angels slugger Albert Pujols hopes to begin agility drills and light running in a couple of days to test his surgically repaired right knee. …

Oakland closer Grant Balfour had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to repair a torn meniscus and hopes to be ready by opening day.

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