Report: Cubs jump into chase for Angels' Haren


Report: Cubs jump into chase for Angels' Haren

Per CSN Cubs Insider Patrick Mooney, Jed Hoyer didn't comment on Angels starter Dan Haren yesterday, but the Cubs could be interested in acquiring a rental pitcher. Haren fits that bill, and on Friday morning, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported the Cubs are among the teams interested in dealing for the right-hander.

The Angels are attempting to trade Haren in advance of today's deadline to pick up his 15.5 million option for 2013. The 32-year-old dealt with a back injury and was ineffective by his standards, throwing 176 23 innings with a 4.33 ERA -- both the lowest innings mark and highest ERA of his career. From 2007-2011, Haren threw at least 215 innings with an ERA under 4 in each season, making three All-Star teams and finishing among the top 10 Cy Young vote-getters twice.

Earlier this week, Los Angeles dealt starter Ervin Santana -- also facing an option deadline -- to Kansas City for a 27-year-old Triple-A reliever. While Santana struggled in 2012, that's still a low return for a starter, so perhaps Haren could be had on the cheap.

We'll get a resolution on this sometime today, so stay tuned.

Morning Update: Dwyane Wade comes up clutch in close win vs. Kings


Morning Update: Dwyane Wade comes up clutch in close win vs. Kings

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Dwyane Wade gets a little help but saves the day defensively vs. Kings

It was a gift and the Bulls weren't going to look it in the mouth as Dwyane Wade was poised to finish off another one of his sterling defensive plays with a breakaway dunk with the game tied and Arron Afflalo and DeMarcus Cousins trailing.

Lightly touched by the small of his back by Cousins, Wade miscalculated his liftoff and missed the dunk but was bailed out by the refs for a foul with 14 seconds left.

Then, he bailed the Bulls out.

Wade had his fifth fourth-quarter defensive play, stripping Cousins on a steal on the ensuing possession with the Sacramento Kings having a chance to win, leading to a Michael Carter-Williams dunk and finishing a 102-99 win Saturday night at the United Center.

It was a clock-turning performance for Wade on both ends of the floor, even if his missed dunk is a reminder that he is 35 years old. But putting up 30 with six rebounds and four assists on the second night of a back-to-back is proof positive he took Friday's loss to Atlanta personally and used his play to back up those feelings.

He scored 13 in the fourth, along with the last of his four blocked shots and all three of his steals took place in the final 12.

Cousins dominated the game with 42 and 14 rebounds in 35 minutes, the only Kings player in double figures all night.

Back-to-back triples from Cousins gave him 40 and tied the game at 97, as a third one rimmed out with a little under two minutes left.

Cousins dominated the start of the third quarter, hitting midrange jumpers over Robin Lopez and taunting the Bulls bench after hitting a jumper to put the Kings ahead, 70-63 midway through the third.

It looked like the worst was over when the Bulls made a short run to end the third, surviving the onslaught from Cousins — and surviving their own experimenting as the Paul Zipser played heavy minutes and even finished out the game on the floor.

Zipser scored 13 and Nikola Mirotic scored 11 off the bench, with Jimmy Butler scoring 23 with seven assists and five rebounds in 39 minutes.