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The Cubs, White Sox are getting inquires about relievers Marmol, Santos

Nov 28, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

Carlos Marmol

The White Sox are in a bit of a transitional period.  And a lot of people assumed that the Cubs would try to make a play for Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols or something like that. Maybe it’s more likely that both teams will simply be sellers. Here’s Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune:

According to sources, both the White Sox and Cubs are getting a lot of calls about their proven relievers, including closers Sergio Santos and Carlos Marmol.  Seven teams are trying to fill a void at closer, and five of those (Red Sox, Blue Jays,Twins, Reds and Mets) are also looking for set-up men. While it would be painful to trade arms like Santos and Marmol, they could bring back multiple parts in trades. They are signed to contracts that could make them bargains.

Marmol had some meltdowns last year, but he’s still an excellent option for someone in the market. Santos, the converted infielder, saved 30 games last year and is uber-cheap.

Meanwhile, the Phillies paid $50 million+ for Jonathan Papelbon.  Yeah, he’s better, but it’s not like he’s some piece of unobtainium.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 28, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Marmol for Brett Cecil or Mike Leake works for me.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 28, 2011 at 3:06 PM

      I’m guessing these dislikes come from people who either think highly of Marmol or think very highly of Leake/Cecil. Still, as a Cub fan, I’d like to see that kind of deal if he goes.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 28, 2011 at 5:25 PM

        Apparently I’m the Malificent of HBT today. I still stand by what I said!

  2. Francisco (FC) - Nov 28, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Meanwhile, the Phillies paid $50 million+ for Jonathan Papelbon. Yeah, he’s better, but it’s not like he’s some piece of unobtainium

    I object, if anything he is. At that price all other teams considered him unobtainable.

  3. winkeroni - Nov 28, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Dear Theo,
    Please keep Carlos Marmol.

    Cardinals Fans

  4. majmayhem - Nov 28, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Unobtainium! Pffff… Avatar was so unoriginal, look up Aliens. They’re the same dang movie!

    • jwbiii - Nov 29, 2011 at 1:16 AM

      I was thinking Dances with Really Tall Smurfs.

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