Marmol trade to Dodgers a possibility

Marmol trade to Dodgers a possibility

Posted by Bruce on Mon, 07/01/2013 - 20:27

The Cubs had no comment Monday on an ESPN Chicago report that said the Cubs were close to trading former closer Carlos Marmol to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Marmol was designated for assignment last Tuesday, meaning the Cubs have 10 days to release, trade or re-assign him.

If the Cubs can find a taker for Marmol, they may get a minor-league player in return along with a little relief from what’s left on Marmol’s $9.8 million salary for this year, or about $4.9 million.

If Marmol becomes a free agent, he can sign with another team, and the Cubs are on the hook for the whole salary. The Dodgers might see Marmol as a good fit for seventh- or eighth-inning relief work in setting up closer Kenley Jansen.

The only reason a team might trade for Marmol is if it thought he had something left in the tank and wanted to prevent him from going to another team, especially a division rival. The Dodgers have been nothing great this year, but they entered Monday only 4 games out of first place in the NL West with a 38-43 record. That record had them in fifth place in the division.

When the Cubs designated Marmol, manager Dale Sveum expressed hope Marmol would not end up in the Cubs’ division, the NL Central.

“Hopefully, he’s not in our division and we play him," Sveum said. "Marmol was very professional through all this and held himself very accountable, was very professional when we let him go ... I talked to him on the phone, (and he) thanked us and everything, He always held himself accountable and did a good job in all the other roles besides closing or stressful situations. You can’t blame guys. Obviously, he hasn’t had the slider he had when he first was closing, so it get a little more difficult to close out games. There’s something there that can still help people, and maybe a change of scenery will help.”

Marmol finished this season with the Cubs 2-4 with a 5.86 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP. He had 2 saves in 5 chances after originally losing his closer’s job to Kyuji Fujikawa early in the season. For his Cubs career, Marmol was 23-32 with a 3.50 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP and 117 saves, which rank third most in Cubs history. He was a National League all-star in 2008, and he holds the franchise mark with 82 holds.

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