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The Cubs, Carlos Marmol agree to a three-year deal

Feb 14, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs and Carlos Marmol have agreed to a three-year deal.  We’re still awaiting the dollars. UPDATE:  It looks like three years, $20 million.

This extension has been rumored for a while.  It’s also a bit scary knowing what we know about three-year deals for relief pitchers (i.e. they almost all stink for the club unless the reliever is named Mariano Rivera). Still, Marmol is a stud: he had a 2.55 ERA and 38 saves last season, striking out 138 in 77 2/3 innings for a record 15.99 K/9.

Marmol was eligible for arbitration. He requested a $5.65 million and the Cubs offered $4.1 million.  He would have had one more arbitration year after this one, meaning that the deal buys out two arb years and one year of free agency.

  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Feb 14, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    15.99 K/9: That’s a pretty good reason. Best move by the Cubs this off season,

    • billybeaneismyhero - Feb 14, 2011 at 7:49 PM

      Only question is what happens if his K/9 drops unexpectedly while his BB/9 doesn’t. Yikes! Still, with that kind of talent, I think I’d take the risk. For 3/$20M, I think thats a long term deal for a closer I can get behind.

  2. pacgnosis2 - Feb 14, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    I have a feeling that this move, like Marmol’s appearances, will either be awesome or terrible.

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