Feb 4, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT
The Cubs and Carlos Marmol have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.125 million deal that splits the difference between their competing demands.
Marmol stunk on ice as the setup guy last year, but once he took over for Kevin Gregg as closer in August he stopped hitting as many guys and throwing the ball all over the place and started to look a lot more like the dominant force he was in 2008. Assuming he keeps it under control this year he and his relatively unhittable stuff should be one of baseball’s better closers this year, both in an absolute and a dollar-for-dollar sense.
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